16 December 2013

Djibouti Opposition Says Ruling Party Intensifying Crackdown

The Djiboutian government is stepping up its crackdown on the Union for National Salvation (USN), the opposition party said in a statement Saturday (December 14th).

The government this month has arrested numerous members and supporters of the opposition, as well as journalists, according to the USN.

On December 12th, the regime blocked the passage of USN President Ahmed Youssouf Houmed and other members of the Republican Alliance for Development leadership, which is part of the opposition coalition, at the Tadjourah port.

There are also 18 USN members imprisoned at the Gabode prison, including 13 who were arrested during the month of December. Five USN sympathisers and three journalists were also arrested, the statement said.

The USN condemned the government's "dangerous and irresponsible repression".

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