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Police gunned AML protesters

Police gunned AML protesters

The ongoing industrial strike action staged by workers of African Minerals has taken a twist as latest reports have it that almost eighteen protesters have been shot by the anti-riot police in keeping the Bumbuna town in calm order.  (Photo credit dawn.com: Sulaiman Conteh, 25, stands in front of his empty kiosk which he said was looted when police opened fired on a crowd of protesters in the mining town of Bumbuna April 19)

The workers were protesting against their discrimination and an improvement of their conditions of service.

Sources revealed that the protesters were provoked to mount a road block on the main highway leading to Ferengbeia as a result of the refusal of management of AML to address their case after reaching the third day of strike action.

Sources further revealed that the angry protesters turned themselves into vandals engaging the police in a live encounter with prepared petrol bombs and the police had to use live bullets against the protesters which resulted to killing ten leaving many injured.

A similar situation occurred between Koidu Holding and the people of Kono in 2007 which police intervention resulted into brutal killings.

The Jenkins Johnston Commission of Inquiry was established to look into the matter and he recommended the dismissal of those police officers who did the unjustified killing of innocent lives of their fellow citizens.

By: Mohamed Kabbah Turay

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