Alkali ContehEarlier in the day we got news that some Gambian youths staged a peaceful civil protest at westfield, Kanifing area. After 1 hour or so, the police PIU [Police Intervention Unit] came on the scene and forcefully arrested some 20 protesters.
These protesters come from different political background and their demands are very simple and legitimate. Such as Electoral and political reforms.

Bearing in mind that peaceful protest/demonstrations is guaranteed by Gambian secular constitution. We therefore demand the unconditional release of all the protesters arrested.

We also urge the authorities to respect the Constitutional rights of those arrested and this includes the non-use of torture and other inhumane treatment. We understand that some of the men and women arrested are elderly and they may have medical conditions.

They are only passonate about seeing a Gambia that follows international norms and standards. And the women particularly should all be release immidiately. Since they do not pose any risk or threat to the security of the state. Finally we urge the authorities to desist from their usual use of force to disperse a peaceful assembly of Gambians. The world is watching the Gambia.
Sign by Alkali Conteh


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