IGP Issues No Permit To APRC To Celebrate July 22nd 1994 Coup

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    The government of The Gambia wishes to inform the general
    public that a front page story on the Standard newspaper of
    Thursday July 13thquoting Honourable Musa Amul Nyassi,
    Member of Parliament for Foni Kansala, that the former ruling
    APRC party has been granted police permit to celebrate the 23rd
    anniversary of the July 22nd 1994 coup, is false and a deliberate
    attempt to mislead the public.

    The public is informed that no such permit was issued to
    Honourable Nyassi, or indeed any other person acting on behalf
    of the APRC. The Gambia government maintains that the 1994
    coup was an illegal act, staged principally, to usurp power and
    subvert the popular will of the Gambian people who fought
    through their sweat and blood to establish and nurture a
    democratic culture for 30 years that became an envy of the
    whole world.

    Memories are still fresh of the brutality that the July 22nd coup
    brought on Gambians. Families were torn apart; innocent
    citizens willfully killed; businesses unlawfully closed and so
    many of The Gambia’s most experienced and finest brains
    forced to flee the country because of the organized and
    systematic abuse of their fundamental rights.
    Notwithstanding its unwavering position to respect and
    broaden democratic principles and personal freedoms of
    citizens, the government of The Gambia maintains that the July

    22nd coup still leaves painful reminders of torture, unexplained
    disappearances, killings and plunder of state resources. This day
    therefore should not in any way be glorified, hailed or
    celebrated by any well-meaning Gambian.

    Furthermore, the government of The Gambia warns that any
    public gathering which requires a public address system needs a
    police permit. It is on record that the Inspector General of
    Police has not issued any such permit to authorize any
    individual, political party or any other group to hold festive
    celebrations of the July 22nd 1994 coup.

    The general public is therefore warned to be law abiding and
    follow due process especially in matters related to public safety
    and national security and to avoid anything that may endanger
    national security.

    Minister of Information and Communication Infrastructure
    13th July 2017

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