Gambia’s main opposition APRC party is readying for a protest at two police stations where a party spokesperson says its supporters are being held.
Seedy Njie, former information minister and APRC press secretary said opposition activists will protest at Brusubi Police Station in the Kombo Metropolitan area and at Bwiam Police Station in the Foni region to demand for the release of detainees.
The police said they arrested 51 supporters of the former ruling APRC party in Kanfenda, a stronghold for ex-President Yahya Jammeh, who had a spat with supporters of the coalition returning from the inauguration of new President Adama Barrow.
The opposition says at least three women are nursing and held with their babies by the authorities and 26 of the detainees are juveniles.
A meeting of APRC supporters was last week stopped by the police after they failed to secure a permit. While being the ruling party, APRC had passed and manipulated laws to violate the opposition’s right to free speech, assembly and association.
Gambia’s police chief Yankuba Sonko on Monday warned that those found wanting in breaking the law and breaching the peace “will be dealt with seriously.”