About 5pm GMT today, the touring convoy of United Democratic Party was intercepted at Fass Njaga Choi in Niumi. The UDP leader, lawyer Ousainou Darboe pointed out that, he will not return or turn back to Barra, a request made by the police.
As the UDP supporters and leaders continue the standoff with the police, the road leading to Fass Njaga Choi is closed on either side of the village. Lawyer Darboe and his entourage are preparing to spend the night in the standoff point. Gambians are urging them to keep fighting and continue the standoff.
The police commence trailing the UDP convoy as soon as they cross Barra. The first UDP meeting was at Essau, there the police surrounded the meeting and request a halt to proceedings. However, Lawyer Darboe insisted they are not breaking any law and will continue the meeting. After the Essau meeting, the convoy continued towards Fass, where the police got orders to block the road. Currently, the road is blocked and the standoff is on.
Gambia police intervention Unit and paramilitary officers with tear gas and batons with guns are blocking the way ahead. Lawyer Darboe insisted that, the police have not keep to their side of the bargain by allowing a peaceful tour to continue.
Kairo News will keep you updated on the volatile turn of events.