Police Clash with UDP Supporters

By Mustapha Jarju

Kebba Chatty, opposition supporter of the United Democratic Party (UDP) who was brutalized by officers of the Gambia’s Police Intervention Unit (PIU) after the rejection of Momodou Sabally’s nomination by IEC has vowed to fight back calling on citizens to stand up for their rights amid Thursday’s skirmish in Brikama.

Chatty, who is currently hospitalized in Brikama Hospital after the fracas told Alkamba Times, his only crime was to ask the officers what was going on after Sabally was rejected by IEC Officials.

“I went to investigate what was happening and the PIU officers grabbed me and started beating me. some of the officers were saying beat the hell out of him so that he will not be able to get up. And all my joints are now paining as result of the beatings,” He told Alkamba Times from his hospital bed.

“I’m in great pain because the PIU was hitting every part of my body until I fell on the ground before dragging me into their office,” Kebba said.

Some of the victims of Thursday’s clash with the PIU were admitted at Brikama Hospital due to the inhalation of tear gas resulting in injuries.

Gambians should fight for their rights, Kebba said.

Lamin Sabally, UDP national assembly candidate for Old Yundum Constituency, also spoke to the press at the Brikama Health center where some of his party supporters were admitted.

Sabally blamed the IEC for the situation saying they could have done better to prevent what happened in Brikama.

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