Gambian soldiers loyal to Jammeh accused of taking part in Kanilai demonstration

Gambian soldiers loyal to ex-leader, Yahya Jammeh have been accused of taking part in a protest against the presence of West African forces in southwest Gambia.

An amateur video caught at least one soldier wearing a Gambia Armed Forces vest pushing down security barricades, setting an old tire and some logs on fire in front of Jammeh’s home.

Normalcy has returned to The Gambia since Jammeh’s forceful ouster upon losing elections. But security concerns remain with Jammeh having loyalists in the military that has backed him for decades.

At least one person has died during a protest in Kanilai, where demonstrators demanded that regional troops helping to stabilize the country to desert the Fonis, an opposition stronghold where Jammeh still enjoys support.

A soldier was also caught on tape expressing his disdain at the deployment of the West African forces to secure government officials and state properties.

Gambia’s military has not confirmed the identity of the soldiers and made no public statement so far following the release of the videos. Its officers are part of a fact-finding team probing the incident.

Two Gambian soldiers were among those arrested for attacking government supporters during skirmishes that followed the parliamentary elections in Foni.

At least two dozen Gambian soldiers have been arrested for human rights abuses and crimes against the state during Jammeh’s regime. The military says they are helping with investigations that have so far unearthed several unmarked graves.

Gambia’s new President Adama Barrow has vowed to weed out those that were enlisted into the army without due process, most of them assumed to be members of a militia group that backed Jammeh’s party.

Jammeh fled to Equatorial Guinea after West African forces advanced towards the capital. Soldiers were seen crying as the former strongman boarded an unmarked chartered jet to his safe haven, a gesture that some say was not a sign of good things to come.

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