By Muhammed L. Bojang
Some angry young people of Sanyang village in West Coast Region on Monday vented their anger and frustration by setting the village police station, the Chinese fishmeal plant, and some fishing boats ablaze in protest over the death of one Gibril Ceesay.
The late Ceesay was allegedly stabbed to death by a Senegalese national, thus provoking clashes between the young people and the Police Intervention Unit (PIU).
Over 30 injuries were reported at the village’s health center as a result of police throwing teargas at protesters.
The incident happened when the Senegalese allegedly broke into the compound of a ‘white man’ who is a close friend and neighbor of Gibril.
The ‘white man’, it was reported, called Gibril to help him and as he responded to the call for help, Gibril was stabbed by the alleged thief resulting to his eventual death at the Brikama District Hospital.
The news of Gibril’s death did not go well with the young people of the village who eventually came out to vent their anger by setting the police station, 12 fishing boats, over 50 boat engines, and the Chinese fishmeal plant on fire.
Speaking to Mamos Media, Mai Ceesay, an elder sister of the deceased called on the government to value and respect the lives of its citizens, describing the loss of her brother as unacceptable. She stated that Gibril was the breadwinner of their family.
“Everyone in the family depended on Gibril in times of difficulty”, she said, adding: “I don’t know who else will help our mother”. She said the late Gibril left a wife and a child.
Demba Seye, a fisherman who has been resident in the country for over three decades said no one was happy with what happened, adding that they have been living in the community for many years without a problem with the villagers. He accused those working on the fishing trawlers of committing many unforgivable and punishable crimes of late. He described the assets lost during the day’s event as huge, saying a small boat costs over D90,000.
The angry mob also expressed dissatisfaction over the existence of the fishmeal plant in the village, saying it has been causing a lot of environmental pollution and damage to the community.