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Gambians Protest Against President Barrow In New York

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Gambian protesters in the New York on 22nd September 2022

By Buba Gagigo

President Adama Barrow reportedly escaped Gambian protesters in New York by using the back door of their hotel to attend the 77th United Nations General Assembly underway in the city.

“They (President Barrow and delegation) thought we will not come out, but here we are. We went to the hotel, but they used the back door to escape,” Lamin Sillah, one of the protesters, said.

Another protester, Jainaba Mass added: “We are here to protest against ‘corruption and injustice’ in The Gambia. We don’t depend on Adama Barrow to ride our vehicles, or to survive. We can only take money to The Gambia, but we will never take from the Gambia.”

Some Gambians resident in the city gathered outside the United Nation building in New York earlier today and protested against ‘corruption, injustice’ in the West African nation, as President Adama Barrow and delegation attend the 77th United Nations General Assembly underway. 

The protesters were seen outside the United Nations building, chanting ‘Adama Barrow must go’, and holding placards with various messages such as: ‘No to corruption’, ‘First Lady where’s our 35m?’, ‘President Barrow is a drug dealer’, ‘Who is Banta Keita?, ‘We need security sector reforms’, among others.

President Barrow is not the only Gambian leader who faced such in the United States as his predecessor Yahya Jammeh on 27th September 2013 faced protests by some Gambians residing in New York.

Like Barrow, Jammeh too, was reportedly rushed into a waiting car under tight security to escape the waiting protesters in front of the hotel he was lodged in.

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