A Muslim religious group is leading the calls for secession, saying Zanzibar should pull out of the mainland and adopt political Islam. Their goal is to turn Zanzibar in to a sharia-ruled Islamic state where Christians would be forced to convert or be killed.
Muslim protesters on the East African island of Zanzibar are calling for their own separate state, fifty years after it joined with mainland Tanganyika to form the Republic of Tanzania. The push for secession has left Zanzibar’s Christian minority in fear for their lives.
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