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137 protesters arrested 50 wounded as police fire tear gas

Jan 27, 2020, 2:19 PM | Article By: Pa Modou Cham

Over 50 protesters were yesterday reported wounded as a result of tear gas and rubber bullets fired by the paramilitaries and officers of the Anti Crime Unit of The Gambia Police Force (GPF). The clash also left 18 police officers wounded with 137 protested arrested.

The anti government protesters are calling on the president to honour the three years MoU and step down.

The police seriously wounded some of the victims while many fainted after inhaling some gas.

Abdou Njie, the chairperson of the 3 years Jotna told the press that the whole world will know that the security destroyed the country; adding that whatever former president Yahya Jammeh was doing, it was the security who pushed him into it.

He said they also influenced Adama Barrow to act in such ways, while stating that: “I was standing when Kalilu Njie, senior police officer ordered the shooting of tear gases to the protesters. After firing gases, the paramilitary also stoned Abdou Darboe and broke all his teeth.”

Njie believed that the police lied to them because they were on the ground before their arrival and barred the place.

He added that their people arrested will be freed and whatever the police want will never happen.

“Barrow is nothing and is because of people he is something, and he is abusing that power against its people but we will remove him the same way we did to Jammeh.”

Confirming how many victims were wounded and arrested, he said, he did not know exactly, but said many people were arrested and also lots of people were wounded.

The police revoking their permit, he said, was not communicated to them, adding that rubber bullets were also shot at the protesters.