Eight cops killed in Sierra Leone throughout anti-government protests, minister says

The officers, six males and two ladies, have been “brutalized” and killed within the space the place the protests held on Wednesday, youth minister Mohamed Orman Bangura mentioned.

The protests grew violent at instances. Graphic photos and video of battered and severely injured protesters and a few members of safety forces may very well be seen on social media. Safety forces have been additionally seen firing weapons at residents.

Bangura mentioned he couldn’t instantly affirm the variety of civilians killed or injured within the violent demonstrations.

“We are yet to know how many people were injured, but I can confirm that eight police officers were killed.”

Vice President Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh imposed a curfew Wednesday to quell the protests.

Youth minister Bangura described the protests as an “act of terrorism.”

“Those are not protesters. There’s a difference between protest and riot and acts of terrorism. Protesting is different from acting as a terrorist…going against the state, killing young police officers,” he mentioned.

“The police have made some arrests,” the minister instructed CNN whereas accusing the nation’s opposition of financing the protests.

“This was well planned, calculated and financed by members of the opposition All People’s Congress. Members of the opposition paid young people to come to the street to take over governance,” Bangura, a member of the ruling Sierra Leone Individuals’s Social gathering mentioned.

“If the protest is as a result of the cost of living, why is it not happening in all the strongholds of the current government? Why is it in Makeni that happens to be the headquarter town of the opposition? Why is it not a nationwide strike? Out of 16 districts, why is it only in three districts that they (the opposition) think is their stronghold?” he requested.

CNN has reached out to the opposition social gathering APC for remark, however is but to listen to again.

Nevertheless, Freetown Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, who is without doubt one of the main politicians in the primary opposition APC social gathering, has denounced the violence.

In an emotional video launched Wednesday, Aki Sawyerr pleaded for an finish to the violence and mentioned: “This is not about party but about people.”

The mayor added that she had been praying for peace and nationwide unity in Sierra Leone alongside the steering committee of non secular leaders.

“Today in our city… my heart goes out to all who lost their lives and loved ones… the ones who lost property right across the city. We all are brothers and sisters… I believe fully in peace and stand against violence,” she mentioned, talking within the native creole dialect.