Sudanese demonstrators took to the streets of Khartoum after Friday prayers, demanding the execution of British teacher currently jailed for naming a teddy bear Mohammed.
A crowd of around 1,000 young men flocked out of mosques and marched to the city's presidential palace with clubs and swords, Associated Press reported. The group then marched to the British Embassy burnt newspapers bearing images of 54-year-old teacher, Gillian Gibbons.
Gibbons was sentenced to 15 days in court and will be deported back to the her native land, United Kingdom, but could have received a total of six months in prison and 40 body lashes under Sudanese law, according to the Foreign Office.
Gibbons was moved from the women's prison across the Nile in Oumdurman to a secret location as a result of the violent rally, her chief lawyer Kamal al-Gizouli said in a statement. He said he visited her there to discuss her conviction Thursday on charges of insulting the Islamic religion.
British officials are working on measures to expedite the release of the former deputy head teacher. The saga came after Gibbons asked her class of 7-year-olds in Khartoum to pick their favorite name for the new class mascot. One of the most popular boys in the class whose name was Mohammed suggested to name the teddy the same name.
The teddy bear was planned to aid lessons about animals and their habitats. Sudanese government said it was insulting to name a teddy bear after the Islamic Prophet Mohammed.