Gambia charges 60 drivers for violent provocation

Gambia charges 60 drivers for violent provocation

Gambian authorities have charged at least 60 drivers, who took part in a road boycott after clashes with the police, the transport union confirms.

The drivers were angered by the lowering of fares by the government, leaving hundreds of people stranded on Monday. The protest was called off Tuesday as fresh talks were held.

The police said the striking drivers attacked their colleagues that refused to take part in the protest and confronted the riot police unit that was deployed to defuse the situation.

At least 13 of those arrested were minors and most were arrested at Tobokoto, Tippa Garage, and Coastal Road. The minors, mostly trainee drivers were sent to the juvenile detention center in Jeshwang.

They have all been charged with obstruction of traffic and violent provocation and are appearing before a judge on Wednesday in Kanifing.

Gambian authorities and the drivers’ union are in new talks but the government in a statement is vowing not to reverse the decision to reduce fares to one of the lowest prices it has been in nearly a decade.

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