May 13, 1989 |
About 2,500 Chinese Muslims chanting "Punish China's Rushdie!" marched through Beijing on Friday demanding that two editors be imprisoned for publishing a book that purportedly describes the sexual habits of Muslims. "These men must be jailed," said Li Jing, a Uighur Turk from the Central Academy of Nationalities and a leader of the protest. "If they disappeared from the face of the earth, we would be happy." The protest came a day after Iranian President Ali Khamenei told a news conference in Beijing that Iran still demands the execution of British author Salman Rushie, who is accused of blaspheming the Islamic religion in his book, "The Satanic Verses."