Why hundreds of Somalis held a protest against al-Shabab

Protesters gathered at a popular beach in Mogadishu to condemn al-Shabab.

Less than a week ago, militants from the group had murdered twenty people at a restaurant in Lido beach.

The demonstration attracted hundreds to the same beach in solidarity with the dead. Some used the hashtag #LiidoDemonstration to promote the protest.

Others joined the conversation to highlight broad disdain for Al-Shabab inside Somalia. And praise those attending the protest. Others chanted that al-Shabab has ‘no religion’.

Protesters held signs that read “We don’t want Al-Shabab” and “We don’t want Al-shabab…they genocide the cilivians”.