“This Was One Of The Highest Turn- Out Of Gambians In The Diaspora, To Protest Against A Sitting President” – MC Cham Jr.
By Buba Gagigo
The National Youth President of the Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC), MC Cham Jr. said today’s protest against President Adama Barrow attracted one of the highest number of protesters against a sitting Gambian president.
“The protest against Jammeh was less than ten people. This is the highest number to protest against a sitting president in the Gambia. President Barrow should recheck himself. During his first visit to America, Gambians used ‘Asobee’ to welcome him. But today it’s completely different. In fact, it’s not the number that came out, it’s about the message they sent. Because the entire world is watching, even if it was one person, it’s big,” Mc Cham Jr said in an audio recording shared with Kerr Fatou.
Coach Pasamba Jaw who took part in the protest against former president Yahya Jammeh reacted to the incident on Facebook.
“Congratulations to all Gambians who exercised their 1st Amendment Right to protest against Barrow today in New York City. For the record, contrary to what Barrow’s people are peddling, the number of protesters today are much more than we used to have, especially in the early years of Jammeh’s rule,” he stated.
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.