The Gambia Police Force has denied issuing permit to protesters of the "Occupy Westfield" youth movement. Police says the planned protest could breach the peace and this would not be in the interest of the general public.
The youth group had planned to stage a peaceful protest in wake of the electricity and water shortages facing the country.
However, the country's water and electricity company (NAWEC) has promised that the electricity problem will be fixed by December.
Below is the press release from the Gambia Police Force.
The release reads;
It has come to the notice of the office of the Inspector General of Police that certain individuals are posting on the social media, their intention to embark on a protest/demonstration dubbed #OccupyWestfield.
The similar people had also requested for a license/permit from the office of IGP to hold same.
After a thorough and careful review of the request, the office the IGP has decided not to grant the request for protest/demonstration, for the fact that it is likely to cause the breach of the peace.
In view of The above, the general public especially those intending to take part in these proposed demonstration are hereby warned to desist from such actions. Thus any attempt to hold such demonstration will constitute an unlawful assembly and then police will therefore apply the full force Of The law in dispersing any such a gathering or assembly as provided by Section 5(2) Of The public Order Act Cap 22:01 Volume 4 Of The Laws Of The Gambia, 2009.
The compliance of the general public in this regard is highly solicited.
ASP Foday Jk Conta
Public Relations Officer (PRO)
Gambia Police Force
FOR Inspector General of Police