How Sierra Leone’s Independence celebration turned bloody
Police fired guns and teargas on the headquarters of an opposition party and arrested supporters during celebrations of Sierra Leone’s Independence Day on Wednesday
Hundreds of people had gathered outside the headquarters of Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) to celebrate the holiday and the party’s founding in 1951.
The day is celebrated with carnival-like dances in the streets.
But Police official Al Shek Kamara warned them not to come out with their masquerade because they did not have a permit to do so.
Supporters have urged President Ernest Bai Koroma to extend his mandate beyond his two-term limit, although he has denied through his spokesman that he had such a plan.