At least 33 Kartong youths are on the verge of appearing before a Magistrate in Brikama this afternoon, Kairo News has learnt. The youths were arrested on Monday after they had altercation with sand miners and Police Intervention Unit officers.
The youths will be represented by Barrister Lamin J. Darboe and Lawyer Edrissa Sissoho.
Brikama Magistrate’s Court is jammed with supporters and sympthatisers of the coastal people whose dignity and sanctity have been attack. The opposition United Democratic Partye (UDP) sent an observatory team to the court. The party leader also dispatched a Kartong native to gather all facts. Despite not being a political party issue or case, the UDP says it cannot ignore the plight of Gambians.
The youths of Kartong would not allow their town to be further destroyed by mining that creates serious environmental destruction, the offshoot being fast coastal erosion and infestation of mosquitoes and snakes. Kartong gains absolutely nothing from the mining and its residents numerous cries fell on deaf ears hence the need to confront miners at the mining site.
Kairo News has also gathered that the youths have not only been severely tortured but also forced to insult their mothers, which is common during torture sessions in Yahta Jammeh’s Gambia. This is meant to break down the will and confidence of the victims.