Opposition protests ongoing in Somaliland amid internet shutdown
Opposition organizations in the breakaway region of Somaliland, including the UCID and Waddani parties, are protesting across the Somaliland.
According to the chairman of the National Party of Somaliland Hirsi Ali Haji, the government had resorted to disabling internet connectivity throughout Somaliland to conceal evidence of the violence meted out against peaceful demonstrators and opposition politicians.
The purpose of the action is to demand the next presidential election be held on Nov. 13 despite President Muse Bihi Abdi’s insistence that votes for political parties must take place first.
In Hargeisa, the capital, reports indicate large demonstrations in the vicinity of the War Memorial square.
Security forces are monitoring the protest and have reportedly attempted to disperse the demonstrators. Tensions are high in the city.
Reports also indicate ongoing opposition-led protests in Burco, though details are limited. In Ceerigabo police have reportedly fired warning shots and used tear gas to disperse protesters.
Similar protests are likely in Burao, Berbera, Erigavo, and Gabiley.
Somaliland authorities have reportedly cut off Internet service ahead of the scheduled opposition demonstrations; mobile services remain operational.