APRC Spokesperson Seedy SK Njie said Thursday the police have violated their right to assembly and association after it entered a private residence and dispersed their meeting.
Police entered the home of Saikouna Sanneh in Banjulinding, six miles northeast of Brikama and dispersed a crowd of about 25 people.
Njie said they had written to the police to secure a permit but they did not get a response.
“What the police did was wrong because the meeting was in a private residence. This is unacceptable and they have no right, whatsoever, to come there and stop the meeting,” said Mr. Njie.
According to Gambian law, a police permit is not needed to have gatherings on a private property and when a sound amplifier or Public Address system will not be used.
“I was told that if the gathering is organized in inside a compound it would not be a problem. This was why we gathered in the compound to have our discussions,” said Sanneh, who is also the Secretary General for APRC Vanguards.
The APRC supporters were having a preliminary meeting for the upcoming parliamentary elections, in which it is seeking to maintain a majority and become a governing opposition.
APRC suffered defeat in the hands of a coalition of opposition groups in December. While in power, APRC has denied permits to opposition parties, a practice that has led to standoffs, prosecutions and hundreds of arrests.