Sierra Leone Citizens across the World who have been thronging into New York for the massive protest against President Bio and his SLPP Government’s human rights abuses, have informed Awareness Times Newspaper that they are all fired up and ready.
The protest is slated to hold right inside New York City and permission has been given by the authorities in America for the protest against President Bio to take place tomorrow Thursday 27th September 2018 which is the date Bio is slated to address the United Nations on behalf of the people of Sierra Leone.
According to the organizers, this will be the biggest ever demonstration against an African President inside New York City.
One of the organisers, Mr. Osman Spindo Turay who lives in New York says “Everything is going on well as planned. Sierra Leone citizens since Sunday have been coming down by their private vehicles, buses and trains and flying in by planes also. For us Sierra Leoneans living in New York, our job has been to make them comfortable as they are arriving”.
Ambassador Foday Mansaray of the International Human Rights Council affiliated with the U.N., informs that the kind of message their protest will send across the world, will make people sit up and take notice that something very bad is going on wrong inside Sierra Leone under President Bio’s leadership.
He said the high level meetings which President Bio is holding, is not an issue to them. What is an issue, he said, is for Bio to be exposed to the world as a human rights abuser.
Gibril Bangura, a civil rights activist from the State of Ohio, tells this paper that because President Bio is leading a government where Ministers order soldiers to beat citizens and members of the opposition are regularly arrested and locked up for flimsy reasons, people inside Sierra Leone are now afraid to speak out in protest.
He said they in America will now be the voices for “the oppressed and suppressed people suffering under Maada Bio for past 6 months now”.
Revd Wilfred Kabs-Kanu, a main opposition APC sympathizer in America, said whilst many APC supporters were going to be out on the streets of New York tomorrow, but it was not an APC event.
He said other political party members and even non-partisan citizens will be joining them. He said nobody will be wearing red colours of APC.
Of note is that there is now emerging reports of a counter demonstration being planned by Bio supporters. The Bio people say they will be displaying the good aspects of President Bio on the streets of New York.
It is expected that New York Police officers will be around to ensure the two groups don’t clash on the streets.
Meanwhile, Awareness Times Newspaper will be covering the anti-Bio protest event and the pro-Bio counter protest right from inside New York through our correspondents.