Residents in capital Libreville and Port Gentil have taken to the streets, banging pots and pans, in peaceful protest again COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.
Gabon has restricted travel in and out the cities and planned to change the 8p.m curfew to 6p.m. However workers and students cannot reach home before the curfew deadline because they do not own cars and experience serious traffic congestions.
The government retaliated. Security forces fired tear gas and stun grenades in to disperse protesters who had set up barricades, burning tyres and debris. 2 people were killed by security forces during the protests.
Approximately 20 percent of the world has implemented measures to restrict movement to reduce the spread of COVID-19. However African governments are using excessive force on citizens. There has been a spike of deaths resulting from police brutality. In the background of the global movement of Black Lives Matter, police killed over 15 people for contravening lockdown regulations in Africa, in 2020.
Africa stands with the citizens of Gabon!
End Police Brutality.
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