Mogadishu Protesters Hit The Streets Demanding Justice For Victims of Police Shooting

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) –Thousands of protesters have hit the streets of the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday as anger grows at the killing of two civilians by Police for allegedly defying curfew order.

A Somali police officer reportedly killed two civilians including pregnant woman outside their home in Mogadishu’s Bondere district on Friday evening.

As a result, hundreds of residents have taken to the streets, burning tires and shouting words against Police and Somalia’s incumbent leader Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo.

Protests continued through Saturday afternoon with scenes of angry people destroying billboards with pictures of President Farmajo, accusing him of dishonesty after coming to office.

The mayor of Mogadishu Omar Filish speaking to a crowd of protesters near the tomb of unknown soldier said that the curfew was a “transgression” and that government officials were meeting to reach decision on atrocities committed against civilians.

Chief of the Somali Police Abdi Hassan Hejar confirmed that the officer who perpetrated the killing was arrested and will be brought to justice, briefing press at the headquarters of Mogadishu municipality. He added that the curfew will start from 8:00 PM and that pedestrians will be able to walk the streets without being stopped unless social distancing rules have been violated.

Mogadishu has seen a day of massive protests that has brought traffic in many districts to a standstill with shops and other businesses closed. Protesters have been demanding justice for the victims of Friday’s Police attack and easing restrictions imposed to curb the spread of COVID19.

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