A civil society group calling itself "Concerned Sierra Leoneans" is reportedly planning to stage anti-government protests in the capital Freetown on Thursday, September 19. According to statements issued on social media by the group, the demonstration is being held to protest current economic conditions, increases in violence, and the oppression of political opposition members and supporters. Specific details regarding the location and time of the protest have not been confirmed as of Wednesday, September 18. According to the Sierra Leone Police (SLP), the organization has not notified or obtained permission from the inspector general to hold the rallies and violators will be dealt with as provided for by law. A heightened police presence is likely in Freetown on Thursday.
Individuals in Freetown, and Sierra Leone more generally, are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all public demonstrations as precaution, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, and anticipate a heightened security presence and transportation disruptions.
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