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Monday, April 12, 2021

Ministry seeks to engage American authorities

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Gambia has asked the Gambian Embassy in Washington DC to engage the relevant US authorities for credible and objective investigation on the shooting to death of a Gambian national last week.

It could be recalled that during the past week or so there have been a lot of protests in the United States following the killing of a black man, George Floyd at the hands of police officers. It was in a similar instance that police officers were said to have shot to death a Gambian national, Momodou Lamin Sisay.

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Calls had been repeatedly made by Gambians since for the Government of the Gambia to make a statement condemning the incident.

This comes at a time when more and more countries around the world are condemning the very frequent killings of black people at the hands of police officers in the United States of America and riots breaking out following widespread protests.

It is not known what the tone of the communication will be between Gambian officials and those of the United States regarding this matter. Many citizens will certainly want the tone to be stern to convey the message that Gambians will not accept the random killing of their citizens in the U.S or anywhere in the world for that matter.

At the end of the statement the Ministry of Foreign Affairs extended its condolences to the family of the deceased, Mr Momodou Lamin Sisay. The killing of black people at the hands of police officers has caused a rallying call from black people around the world for them to be given the respect they deserve as human beings.

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