Somalians protest against strict lockdown measures

Amidst the strict coronavirus lockdown, tensions flared in Somalia over the weekend. A police officer in Mogadishu, the capital city, was arrested for shooting at least one civilian while he was enforcing restrictions over the pandemic and a protest emerged as a result of it.

Confinements and travel restrictions imposed so as to stem the COVID-19 spread are proving extremely difficult to enforce and the security forces reaction have infuriated the population who are opposed to preventive measures against the virus.

The protesters resorted to burn tires and demand justice. The protest comes as the reaction of the Somalian residents over the retaliation from security forces.

Mohamed Abdi, a protester said, “This demonstration will continue until the government’s senior officials listen to the outcry of the population. We want the government to reverse the curfew decision that is imposed on the residents during this holy month (Ramadan)”.

Mogadishu mayor, Omar Mohamed Mohamed said, “First, I respect that the youth of Mogadishu need to express their anger against this incident (killing of civilians). They have the right to do so, secondly, I am very sorry for the incident that happened last night and I share the same sorrow you are all feeling”.

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