Dozens beaten, held after rare Gambia protest

Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh (C), flanked by Gabon's president Ali Bongo Ondimba (L), attends the 26th presidential summit of the African Union on January 30, 2016 in Addis AbabaGambian security forces have beaten and rounded up dozens of political activists calling for the resignation of strongman President Yahya Jammeh ahead of his re-election attempt scheduled for December, witnesses said Friday. Eyewitness Omar Nyang described riot police, troops and members of the country’s notorious intelligence services confronting dozens of peaceful protesters in the streets. “The protesters carried a banner with the inscription, ‘we need political reforms’, and some of these activists were suggesting that President Jammeh should step down since he is responsible for the economic hardship in the country,” Nyang told AFP.

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