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Gabon forces harass citizens in riot city: Report

Last Updated: Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 00:06

Libreville: Security forces in Gabon`s second city Port-Gentil, scene of deadly post-election unrest earlier this month, have harassed people they accuse of supporting rival candidates, a report said on Saturday.
One man described how he was stopped in his car with his wife and accused of being a supporter of Pierre Mamboundou, who finished in third place in the August 30 Presidential Election.

"Despite my denials, they riddled the tyres of my car with bullets," he told the national daily l`Union.

Three people died in the unrest in Port Gentil which is a stronghold of Mamboundou supporters.

The daily also cited the case of a woman who was "beaten up for not putting up with taunts" and another who was "ordered to undress”.

Another man was ordered to kneel down in front of his wife and children and his house ransacked on the pretext of a search for stolen items, the newspaper said.

A supporter of Mamboundou said today he had been arrested and beaten by police and alleged that he was placed in a basement with 50 others arrested for the same reason.

"They tied my feet and hands. They hit me with a truncheon, slapped me in the face, hit me on the soles of my feet," said Claude Nguimbi.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 00:06
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