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Somaliland: Pro-democracy Demonstrators Disappointed with International Partners

HARGEISA (SD) – Members of the international community who supports Somaliland in elections and democratization process have issued a statement on the tense situation in Somaliland and the recent unrest in Hargeisa.

The international community has expressed grave concern over the unrest in Hargeisa following Thursday’s prodemocracy protests, and called on the opposition parties in Somaliland and the ruling government to exercise restraint to avoid violence that could result in deaths and injuries.

“International partners following Somaliland’s democratisation process are very concerned by the violent incidents that occurred during the political protests in Hargeisa today. We urge restraint from all sides in order to de-escalate the situation and prevent harm & injury” tweeted the partners.

The disappointing statement from the international community did not condemn the injuries inflicted by the International Community funded Police force and failed to demand the release of the arrested civilians and officials, but rather called for roadmap for elections.

“In order to protect peace, stability and democracy in Somaliland it is critical that all parties engage in meaningful and regular dialogue in order to reach consensus on the way ahead and to produce an agreed roadmap for elections.” their tweet said.

The statement from Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the European Union, did not include the US, a government seeking democratic partner in the Horn of Africa.

According to opposition leaders, at least 10 people have been injured and many more have been arrested and tortured, in connection with the Thursday’s prodemocracy rally in Hargeisa.

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