“The political persecution of targeted opposition/UDP activists or supporters must stop,” Mr. Alkali Conteh writes, in reaction to the arrest and detention incommunicado of United Democratic Party activist. Since his pick up last week in Soma town, Lower River Region, Kasim Fadera’s whereabouts remain unknown to his family.
“It is a rare coincidence that all of the recent victims, with the exception of Bai Mass, are all from one political persuasion,” the Chairman of the Gambia Democratic Action Group in North Carolina writes.
Mr. Conteh does not shy away from calling spade a spade with regard to the obstacles to the Gambia’s political struggle. “But the saddest thing is the attitude of indifference on our part by looking at their plight through partisan lenses only; they are UDP supporters and therefore it is nobody’s business but UDP, more particularly Lawyer Darboe.”
He said “the dictator rightly predicted this reaction from the rest of us, including our dear opposition leaders in the country and most diaspora organizations and individual activists. Maybe some of us are counting on the capitulation of the UDP and stepping in to fill the vacuum. He (the dictator) is prepared for that too….You wait and see.”