2 UDP supporters arrested in Foni as govt cracks whip on post-electoral violence

2 UDP supporters arrested in Foni as govt cracks whip on post-electoral violence

Three supporters of the Gambia’s biggest political party, the UDP were arrested by the police and charged with criminal trespass and breaching the peace after fighting breaks out between them and opposition supporters in Foni.

The police say they were among 26 people arrested in Sibanor, Foni, where APRC supporters allegedly threw stones at the homes of those suspected of supporting the UDP.

At least three UDP supporters have been injured and taken to the hospital where they received treatment and were later discharged, a party official said.

Gambia’s police minister, Mai Ahmad Fatty on Monday held a meeting with local chiefs in the area, which had for long backed military strongman, Yahya Jammeh.

Jammeh had lost presidential polls last year after opposition parties united to defeat him. He fled to Equatorial Guinea after he was forced to relinquish power by regional powers, who backed Barrow.

Gambia’s President Adama Barrow vowed to crack a whip on post-electoral violence in a televised speech on Saturday, the first of such strong warnings from the mostly soft-spoken political novice.

Barrow resigned from the UDP, which now controls most of the executive and legislature to lead the coalition. He has pledged to enforce the rule of law, unlike his predecessor, whose supporters acted with impunity.

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