Police Break Up Protest Held in Somalia’s Capital to Support PM After ‘Coup Attempt’


MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somalia’s police dispersed protesters who had gathered in Mogadishu on Wednesday to support the Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble, some chanting anti-president slogans, days after the Premier said he had survived an “attempted coup”.

In comments on the move, the leader of Wadajir opposition party Abdirahman Abdishakur claims that “a demonstration against Farmajo’s attempted coup was broken up by Farhan Qarole and Kaniif (Mogadishu’s police boss and his deputy)”. He urged the security minister to take action against “remnants of the authoritarian regime”.

Former security minister of Galmudug Ahmed Moalim Fiqi, in a Facebook post, said police dispersed crowd of protesters attending a rally held in solidarity with the Prime Minister.

In response, Somali Security Minister Abdullahi Mohamed Nur promised an investigation into reports of harassment by police against protesters and described the move “unacceptable”. He urged demonstrators to avoid violence.

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