Mogadishu residents denied the right to protest against Kenya’s treatment of Somalis
Mogadishu (Harar24) – For the past three days police and security forces in the Somali capital have been dispersing the masses of people who have been attempting to gather in protest of the inhumane treatment of Somalis held in Kasarani Stadium and other facilities.
Demonstrations have been held in many Western countries, especially in the United Kingdom outside the Kenyan embassy where Somalis gather in support of those detained at Kasarani and protesting against the discriminative treatment Somalis, including women, children and elderly.
However, many would expect that the most outrageous and angriest reaction would come from Somalia, however protesters have been prevented from protesting against the treatment of Somalis due to what the interior ministry described and deemed as a “security risk”.
Many of the Somali public have been angered by this hindrance, Halimo Yusuf who was one of the protesters said: “We went to the minister of interior affairs and the local police to receive permission to demonstrate, however our request was rejected by what they claim to be “security risks”.
Maryam Abdullahi another protester spoke to Harar24 about her anger regarding the hindering of protesting against the treatment of those kept in Kasarani stadium. “I am very saddened and angered by the government’s reaction, they haven’t done anything for those poor people kept there, and when the public wish to voice their anger regarding the issue they attempt to silence them” said Maryam who’s sentiments are echoed by many other Somalis. “I can only call it double standards, whenever the government sees something in their interest they rally the people to demonstrate, however when it’s against their interest they silence them” added Maryam who accused the government of trying to preserve their ties with Kenya at the stake of the public interest.
Human rights activists in Mogadishu have expressed their concern over this policy of preventing from their freedom of expression and attempts to silence the public, while adding that the new administration of Mogadishu led by mayor Mungab are starting off their administration in way that violates the rights of the public.