Three people has reportedly died on Sunday, January 26, in the Gambian capital Banjul during a demonstration calling for President Adama Barrow to step down, a hospital director said.
According to AFP correspondent who visited the scene says “Police used tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters who responded by throwing stones, according to an AFP correspondent at the scene.
“I can confirm that there have been three dead,” Kebba Manneh, director of the Serrekunda hospital where the victims were taken, said.
He told reporters that people brought to the hospital had been treated for gas inhalation, and said some were still under observation.
Tension has been building in The Gambia over Barrow’s decision to stay in office for five years — reversing an initial pledge to step down after three.
Red Cross sources said 28 people had been taken to Serrekunda hospital on Sunday.
Opposition activists added that police had arrested scores of people, including Abdu Njie, leader of the Three Year Jotna (is up) Movement.