GAMBIANS IN LONDON TOOK TO THE STREET DEMANDING DICTATOR TO STEP DOWN TO AVOID CHAOS AND CIVIL WAR IN THEIR COUNTRY

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Ya Adam Darboe Daughter of UDP Leader talking to the press

Ya Adam Darboe Daughter of UDP Leader talking to the press

London Demonstrators demanding Justice for the victims and removal of dictatorship from the Gambia

London Demonstrators demanding Justice for the victims and removal of dictatorship from the Gambia

A Large group of Gambian protesters converged on the Gambian High Commission in London on Wednesday 20th April 2016 to show their outrage on the current political situation in their home country the Gambia. It all came after Thursday 14th April 2016 in the Gambia when peaceful protesters demanding electoral reforms in the Gambia were brutalised and severely beaten by paramilitary police in broad daylight while being arrested. But matters took a total different dimension when after their arrest rumours began circulating from Banjul and its environs of cause coming from some agents within the security forces that some of the protesters including a prominent opposition figure of the main Opposition United Democratic Party, Ebrima Solo Sandeng were tortured and killed while under police custody.

The UDP Leadership after receiving such prompt, sad and alarming news of the death of some of their party executives, they could not take the brutality any longer. They convene an emergency executive meeting on Saturday April 16th 2016 where their entire executive with Party Leader Alhagie Ousainou Darboe who is a veteran Lawyer and Human Rights Advocate decided on that same Saturday to take to the streets and demand the unconditional release dead or alive of all those arrested the previous Thursday and as expected by most Gambians and even the international community as they all knew the brutal and dictatorial nature of the Jammeh regime, the Gambia security forces pounced on them heavy handedly with batons and force and most of the executive were arrested and taken to the notorious Mile 2 central Prison.

These events led to international outcry calls came from UN though the Secretary General himself, the African Union, ECOWAS Amnesty International and most major international bodies all calling for their immediate and unconditional release as they have committed no crime. It was a peaceful protest which each human being is entitled to under international law.

Maimina Kanyi one of the protesters talking to the police at the demonstration at the Gmabia High Commision in London

Maimina Kanyi one of the protesters talking to the police at the demonstration at the Gmabia High Commision in London

London Demonstrators demanding Justice for the victims and removal of dictatorship from the Gambia

London Demonstrators demanding Justice for the victims and removal of dictatorship from the Gambia

Gambians living abroad were the most vocal as they cried all over the world. From the United States, Europe and the UK all coming out to show their outrage about situations in their home country, demanding the international community to put more stiff pressures on the regime in Banjul through sanctions and other means to secure the release of all detainees dead or alive and allow peaceful protests in the country without intimidations. The London Protest was so huge as people came all over showing their outrage and speakers included Jeggan Bahoum a legal practitioner, Lamin Darboe, Ya Adam Darboe, Nephew and Daughter respectively of UDP party Leader Alhagie Ousainou Darboe, Bamba Mass UDP Member and Human Rights Activist, Yusuf Flex Tailor, a youth activist, Ansumana Ceesay, blogger of Gambiavoices, Sulayman Suntu Touray UDP Actiivist, Satang Sankareh a protester, Maimuna Kanyi commonly known as Mai Kanyi another protester and many others all showing their outrage over the brutal and inhuman treatments being meted out to Gambian by the Yahya Jammeh regime.

Many angry demonstrators went as far as wanting to break the doors of the High Commission and burn the building down in anger espacially when officials of the High Comision called the police for their protection and for police to move protesters away from near the Embasy building as they feared for their lives but a plea from organisers and also a Daughter of Ousainou Darboe Ya Adam Darboe who reminded them what her father said before embacking on the demonstrations in the Gambia leading to his arrest. She appealed to the demonstrators to respect her father’s advice if they respect his leadership reiterating the fact that she knew we are all angry at the way and manner the regime is trying to lead our beautiful and closely related Gambia into chaos and possible ethnic war. Ya Adam Darboe spoke like Zinzi Mandela daughter of Nelson Mandela did when her Father was imprisoned during Apartheid South Africa .

Many protesters were so touched by her powerful voice despite her small size that all heeded her plea and the demonstration went smoothly at the Gambia High Commision with police and protesters smiling and shaking hands. The group later converged at Number 10 Downing Street to cry out to the British Administration to use its influence within the UN and European Union one of Gambia’s greatest donors to try effect respect for human dignity in the Gambia and political freedom of expression. Most protesters later left in that evening returning to their various destinations.


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