Sierra Leone Imposes Nationwide Curfew In Capital As Police Fires Tear Gas And Live Ammunition At Protesters Killing Ten (10)
Police imposed a nation-wide curfew in Sierra Leone’s capital and its environs on Wednesday, supposedly the last day of a three day protest demanding the resignation of President Julius Maada Bio who is currently on a private visit in the UK.
In Freetown, protesters, have occupied the streets chanting slogans ‘We want peace Bio must go’. President Bio who is currently on a foreign trip in the UK ignored all signs of the rising tension in the country and went on a private visit to the UK. Many Sierra Leoneans see it as slap in the face from their President not listening to their calls to address the dire economic issues affecting their livelihood as majority struggle with high cost of essentials and fuel prices.
Arrests have been made and there were fatalities as well. According to sources ten people were killed by police and many sustained life threatening wounds. The military was sent in to curb the civil unrest and it seemed the protesters were more comfortable with the military than the hated police personnel of the Bio led government.
The US Embassy, the EU and other international partners have called for restraint on both sides following the loss of lives.