Archive | April 2016

No Ifs, No Buts, Time Has Come To Stand up and Protest for Gambia Against Dictatorship

Gambia Opposition Leader Lawyer Ousainou Darboe With His Party Executives Protesting Against The Killing Of Mr Solo Sandeng

Emergency UK Protest: Wed 20th April 2016

UK/EU Gambians and Human Rights Sympathisers will be holding an emergency protest outside the Gambian Embassy on Wednesday 20th April from 12:00 hrs, Midday at 92 Ledbury Rd, London W11 2AH.

In light of last week’s escalating violence on Thursday and Saturday leading to killings and torture of peaceful protesters we are calling all to join a worldwide day of outrage with our counterparts in the United States and Senegal.

1. Protest Date – Wednesday 20th April (12 Midday)
2. Venue – 92 Ledbury Rd, (meeting point Nottinghill Gate Tube Station)

This is also a big opportunity for all who wish to see Gambia remain as a Secular State to demonstrate their dismay towards Jammeh’s proposed Islamic State and Shària Law bill. Please share this press release with all Gambians and Human Rights Sympathisers, especially those in the EU and UK.

If Gambians at home are suffering physical torture and death because of their fundamental human rights, we should be able to mobilise to protest so that the International Community continue it’s sustained pressure on the rogue Gambian regime. This is a call for all to just give up a few hours to really tell the world that The Gambia is in a state of emergency.

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Gambians Protest March Demanding Justice for Solo Sandeng and Others

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Gambian Main Opposition UDP Leader Lawyer Ousainou Darboe Marching with Protesters demanding the Release of Solo Sandeng and Others 

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Earlier on Saturday main Gambian opposition leader Lawyer Ousainou Darboe took to the streets with his UDP party executive members demanding the release of Solo Sandeng, dead or alive. The protest march came after Mr Sanseng and a group of youths were arrested for staging a rear peaceful protest demanding electoral reforms in The Gambia. It is reported that, Mr Solo Sandeng was tortured while in police custody, and died shortly afterwards. Another activist Fatoumata Jawara, who was detained with Mr Sandeng during protests on Thursday, is believed to have serious injuries, according to sources on the ground. The rights groups, including Amnesty International, have called for an inquiry into the death of Solo Sandeng, along with the other activists.

From the pictures and videos taken during the protests march several senior opposition leaders could be seen  being arrested and thrown at the back of military trucks on Saturday after demanding answers from the authorities. Security forces also used tear gas to disperse the protest group. Meanwhile, the Gambia information Minister, Sheriff Bojang has confirmed the arrest and detention of Lawyer Ousainou Darboe and his party executives for for defying the public order act.

In an interview with the BBC, Amnesty Internationl’s West African researcher Sabrina Mahtani demanded the immediate, thorough and independent investigation into the circumstances that led to the death of Mr Solo Sandeng. Also, Mr Sandeng’s daughter demanded justice for her father and she called on Gambians to stand up just as his father did to see justice is served.

Death in custody in The Gambia is a common theme, especially the government’s political opponents. Any opposition member that is arrested must be brutally tortured just to scare you off from supporting the opposition. This is an opportune moment for Gambians to rise up and demand their country back from the brutal Dictator Yahya Jammeh. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

Gambians Protest March Demanding Justice for Solo Sandeng

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Earlier on Saturday main Gambian opposition leader Lawyer Ousainou Darboe took to the streets with his UDP party executive members demanding the release of Solo Sandeng, dead or alive. The protest march came after Mr Sanseng and a group of youths were arrested for staging a rear peaceful protest demanding electoral reforms in The Gambia. It is reported that, Mr Solo Sandeng was tortured while in police custody, and died shortly afterwards. Another activist Fatoumata Jawara, who was detained with Mr Sandeng during protests on Thursday, is believed to have serious injuries, according to sources on the ground. The rights groups, including Amnesty International, have called for an inquiry into the death of Solo Sandeng, along with the other activists.

From the pictures and videos taken during the protests march several senior opposition leaders could be seen  being arrested and thrown at the back of military trucks on Saturday after demanding answers from the authorities. Security forces also used tear gas to disperse the protest group. Meanwhile, the Gambia information Minister, Sheriff Bojang has confirmed the arrest and detention of Lawyer Ousainou Darboe and his party executives for for defying the public order act.

In an interview with the BBC, Amnesty Internationl’s West African researcher Sabrina Mahtani demanded the immediate, thorough and independent investigation into the circumstances that led to the death of Mr Solo Sandeng. Also, Mr Sandeng’s daughter demanded justice for her father and she called on Gambians to stand up just as his father did to see justice is served.

Death in custody in The Gambia is a common theme, especially the government’s political opponents. Any opposition member that is arrested must be brutally tortured just to scare you off from supporting the opposition. This is an opportune moment for Gambians to rise up and demand their country back from the brutal Dictator Yahya Jammeh. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

A Rear Protest in The Gambia by Youths Demanding Electoral Reforms 

 

Protesters at Westfield Gambia

 
Calm returned to the streets in Serekunda Gambia after group of youths in the country took to the streets at Westfield  on Thursday demanding electoral reforms from the government of Dictator Yahya Jammeh. It can be recalled that the IEC in early July 2015 brought in sweeping electoral reforms to the National Assembly, among others it requires presidential candidates to pay a fee of half a million Dalasis (D500,000) for registration, which was previously D5000, more than 5000% increment. 

However, their rights to peaceful assembly and protest have been met with iron fist from the autocratic government of Yahya Jammeh. More than 30 youths were arrested and subsequently tortured by the security forces as a result of exercising their democratic rights to assemble and peaceful protest. 

However, this was no surprise to many observers, as this month marks the 16th year since when students took to the streets to demand for justice for their colleagues which was also malhandled  by security forces and resulted to the killing of 16 people and injuring hundreds more. Meanwhile, according to my sources, the youths are planning a country wide coordinated protests against the draconian laws that were put through by the rubber stamp National Assembly of Dictator Jammeh.