Anti-piracy protest held in Adado town
January 14, 2012 Markacadeey
Hundreds of Adado residents today took to the streets in protest of piracy
activities in the region, just days after the notorious Somali pirate kingpin
Mohamed Abdi Hassan, who is also known as “Afweyne” announced his retirement.
The protest organised by area administration and civil society groups was also
aimed at welcoming the more than 100 pirates who announced their retirement
alongside with their leader Afweyne and to encourage others to quit piracy.
Area district commissioner Ahmed Salah Ibrahim said the protest signals the
local community’s commitment to see an immediate end to piracy in the region to
safeguard the dignity of the Somali community at large.
On Wednesday last week, Afweyne and a group of other pirates announced they quit
piracy, a business he has been involved for couple of years.
Afweyne who was mentioned in a UN report last year as “a pirate kingpin being
protected by Somali authorities” has been centre of controversy after the report
alleged that he was issued with a diplomatic passport authorized by top Somalia
According to the UN report, Afweyne travelled to Malaysia in April last year
using a diplomatic passport authorized by immediate TFG president Sharif Sheikh
Ahmed, a charge Ahmed denied.
Afweyne also had in his possession a document issued by the Somali presidency
stating he was involved in “counter-piracy activities,” according to the UN
Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea. But in quick rejoinder, the then Somali
President criticized the monitoring group’s conclusions as being unbalanced in a
letter to the security council, adding that the report contained
Ahmed had earlier insisted the passport issued to Afweyne was “one of several
inducements” that sought to encourage him to dismantling his pirate network,
Afweyne told Bar-kulan they took the decision to get out of piracy sometimes
back last year only that they have now officially announced their walkout of the
He said they have in the first place got involved into piracy activities after
their fishing activities were destroyed by illegal foreign fishing vessels
destroying their fishing nets and decided to take up arms to defend their
The former pirate leader called on the Somali government to rehabilitate
pirate-defectors and equip them with the necessary skills to eke them a living.
Afweyne also rubbished claims that they quitted piracy after facing constant
pressure from International forces tackling piracy off the coast of Somalia,
adding that they understand risks associated with piracy, citing loss of life,
dignity and causing inflation in the region hence making the life of the
He urged other groups in Somalia to quit illegal activates and pursue their