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GDC leader calls for calm after protests in Gambia’s 2 biggest cities

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The leadership of the Gambia Democratic Congress has called for calm after a day of several violent protests in Serrekunda and Brikama.

Hundreds of young people in Brikama have taken to the street demanding efficient management from their Area Council during which there was a clash between paramilitary officers and the protesters. Dozens were injured and admitted at the Brikama Health Center.

A similar protest occurred in Serrekunda where hundreds took to the street demanding justice for Ousman Darboe, a Sierra Leonean national who reportedly died as a result of police torture.

The protesters have vandalized the Bakoteh Police Station burnt to the ground the compound of the head of Anti-Crime Unit of the police.

Mamma Kandeh said he is keenly following events in the Gambia and has expressed “grave concern about current situation in our country”.

“From abroad, he calls for restraint, calm and law-abiding on both sides of the confrontation. He is extremely sad and sorry for the death of Mr Ousman Darboe, a market vendor and in the same vein urge the protesters to resort to dialogue,” said a statement from GDC.

“He extend his condolence to the family of the deceased and urged the authorities to conduct a swift and impartial investigation into the incident.

“Hon Kandeh reminds us all that the peace and stability of our nation rest entirely on our individual and collective responsibilities.

“Hon. Kandeh is expected to cut his overseas trip to return to the Gambia and play a pivotal role in our nation’s ongoing reconciliation and transformation.”

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