Los Angeles Times
August 6, 2012
Islamists in northern Mali reportedly changed their plans to cut off the hand of a suspected thief after they were confronted by people protesting such punishment, but a radio reporter covering the incident was badly beaten.
People in Gao took to the streets Sunday to protest the harsh punishment planned for the suspect by the Islamist group in power there, the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa, according to news reports.
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