Eight cops killed in Sierra Leone throughout anti-government protests, minister says | CNN

Eight police officers killed in Sierra Leone during anti-government protests, minister says | CNN

2022-08-11 19:20:47


Eight cops had been killed throughout violent anti-government protests in Sierra Leone on Wednesday, the nation’s youth minister advised CNN on Thursday.

The officers, six males and two girls, had been “brutalized” and killed within the space the place the protests held on Wednesday, youth minister Mohamed Orman Bangura mentioned.

Lots of of protesters took to the streets of the capital Freetown on Wednesday, protesting inflation and the rising value of residing within the West African nation.

The protests grew violent at occasions. Graphic pictures and video of battered and significantly injured protesters and a few members of safety forces could possibly be seen on social media. Safety forces had been additionally seen firing weapons at residents.

Bangura mentioned he couldn’t instantly verify the variety of civilians killed or injured within the violent demonstrations.

“We’re but to understand how many individuals had been injured, however I can verify that eight cops had been killed.”

Vice President Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh imposed a curfew Wednesday to quell the protests.

Youth minister Bangura described the protests as an “act of terrorism.”

“These are usually not protesters. There’s a distinction between protest and riot and acts of terrorism. Protesting is completely different from appearing as a terrorist…going towards the state, killing younger cops,” he mentioned.

“The police have made some arrests,” the minister advised CNN whereas accusing the nation’s opposition of financing the protests.

“This was effectively deliberate, calculated and financed by members of the opposition All Individuals’s Congress. Members of the opposition paid younger individuals to come back to the road to take over governance,” Bangura, a member of the ruling Sierra Leone Individuals’s Get together mentioned.

“If the protest is because of the price of residing, why is it not taking place in all of the strongholds of the present authorities? Why is it in Makeni that occurs to be the headquarter city of the opposition? Why is it not a nationwide strike? Out of 16 districts, why is it solely in three districts that they (the opposition) suppose is their stronghold?” he requested.

CNN has reached out to the opposition celebration APC for remark, however is but to listen to again.

Nonetheless, Freetown Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, who is among the main politicians in the principle opposition APC celebration, has denounced the violence.

In an emotional video launched Wednesday, Aki Sawyerr pleaded for an finish to the violence and mentioned: “This isn’t about celebration however about individuals.”

The mayor added that she had been praying for peace and nationwide unity in Sierra Leone alongside the steering committee of non secular leaders.

“Immediately in our metropolis… my coronary heart goes out to all who misplaced their lives and family members… those who misplaced property proper throughout town. All of us are brothers and sisters… I consider absolutely in peace and stand towards violence,” she mentioned, talking within the native creole dialect.

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