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    Muslim group calls for Zanzibar secession

    Al Jazeera English

    by Al Jazeera English

    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.

    A Muslim religious group called Uamsho is leading the calls for secession, saying Zanzibar should pull out of the mainland and adopt political Islam.

    The push for secession by the poor masses riled up by the politicised Muslims has left Zanzibar's Christian minority, many from the mainland, in fear of that matters could get worse for them.

    Al Jazeera's Malcolm Webb reports from Stonetown.