Socialist International (SI) has vigorously protested against last week blockade of a touring United Democratic Party (UDP). The group blamed the Gambia government for restricting the public activity and outreach of the opposition leader. It urged the Jammeh regime to respect the opposition.
Find below the SI statement:
Socialist International calls for respect for opposition in Gambia
The Socialist International expresses its deep concern and vigorously protests at the actions taken by the government of Gambia aimed at restricting the public activity and outreach of opposition leader Ousaninu Darboe and members of the United Democratic Party, UDP, the largest opposition party in Gambia.
The UDP has embarked on a countrywide tour, from 16 to 26 April. The SI is informed that the security forces in Gambia have not granted the UDP the required permission to use a public address system and instead have put up roadblocks to restrict their freedom of movement and have been cordoning off meeting venues.
The Socialist International calls on the Gambian authorities to respect the democratic rights of its citizens, including the right to assembly and free speech, and to ensure the physical integrity of all those who are gathering legally and peacefully.
The Socialist International will remain vigilant to developments in Gambia and reaffirms its solidarity with the UDP, a member party of the Socialist International.