Protests put Gambia's Jammeh under pressure

2016-05-06 12:26
Yahya Jammeh (AFP)

Yahya Jammeh (AFP)

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Banjul - Pressure is mounting on Gambian President Yahya Jammeh following a series of protests that pose a serious threat to his 20-year rule, The Guardian has reported.

Beginning on April 16, Gambian citizens took to the streets of the country's capital, Banjul, to voice their dissatisfaction in what was deemed the biggest act of public defiance since Jammeh's rise to power in 1996.

Despite attempts by security forces to quell the unrest, hundreds of residents took to the streets just two days later, lamenting the death of opposition youth leader Ebrima Solo Sandeng and demanding the release of the remaining detainees who were apprehended during their previous protest.

In the days that followed, several activists who had been arrested during the protest appeared in court amid a choir of voices offering their support and solidarity.

On April 28, a large crowd gathered outside the residence of opposition leader Ousainou Darboe, calling for the return of Solo Sandeng "dead or alive", with videos of the protests spreading throughout social media.

An OkayAfrica report said there were fears that some of the missing detainees could be tortured or killed while in custody.

The unrest was, however, expected to continue in the coming days, with Darbroe and his supporters expected to make a return to the Banjul High Court.

Many have taken to social media to galvanise support and continued action through the hashtag #GambiaUprising.

Read more on:    yahya jammeh  |  gambia  |  protests  |  west africa

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