Police official Mussa Ali Mussa said today the suspects of the Association for Islamic Mobilisation and Propaganda were arrested since a protest rally on Friday that security forces dispersed with tear gas and water cannons.
The group has been gaining popularity in Muslim-dominated Zanzibar, which is a popular Indian Ocean tourist destination off the East African nation's coast.
Mussa said the UAMSHO group staged Friday's illegal protest at a mosque using the pretext they were praying for the victims of a ferry accident off the island that cost almost 150 lives this week.
UAMSHO leader Farid Hadi says the group was peacefully mourning the victims but was attacked by police.
Zanzibar: Police say they have arrested 43 suspected members of an Islamist group seeking greater independence for the Tanzania’s Zanzibar archipelago.
First Published: Sunday, July 22, 2012, 22:09