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  • Title: [SW News] ( XINHUA) One Killed, Nine Injured in Somali Demonstration
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  • Date :[ March 24, 2000 1:50 PM EST ]

"..The government of Djibouti, responding to Yussuf's statement, has repeated its position that it is only facilitating the conference, but the decisions will be left for the Somalis to make..."  not quite!! This is what David Stephen is saying  ".....What a lot of people don't understand is that this is not another power sharing agreement for faction leaders.." .."...Whether to include faction leaders is a matter for Djibouti to decide. Originally, the president said faction leaders who are willing to exhibit democratic means would be welcome to take part....Does Djibouti have a mandate to pick conference participants?? SW


One Killed, Nine Injured in Somali Demonstration

Story Filed: Friday, March 24, 2000 1:50 PM EST

MOGADISHU (March 24) XINHUA - At least one man was killed and nine others wounded when police fired at demonstrators in northern Somali port town of Bossaso on Friday.

Thousands of protestors took to the street after the president of the regional government of Puntland, Colonel Abdullahi Yussuf Ahmed, declared on Thursday that he will boycott the Djibouti proposed reconciliation conference aimed at searching for a central government for Somalia.

According to the short-wave radio reports, the demonstrations first started peacefully in the center of the town.

The demonstrators had been shouting slogans such as fully support the Djibouti conference and Somalia unity as they proceeded to Hurus Hotel in which Colonel Yussuf lives.

The policemen who were guarding the hotel first fired warning shots to the air, but the angry demonstrators could not stop.

The policemen then fired live bullets at the people, killing a middle- aged man on the spot and wounded nine others and forcing the protestors to flee for their lives.

The protestors have then started burning tires and stoning the policemen.

The police commander of Puntland, Abdullahi Saeed, strongly denied his policemen had used excessive firepower against the unarmed civilians.

Peaceful demonstrations have likewise been reported in Galkaio and Garoweh, main towns of Puntland.

All of the Somali faction leaders except Ali Mahdi Mohamed have declared their opposition to the Djibouti proposed peace plan, while various communities across the country have welcomed it as the final resort for peace, reconciliation and a government for Somalia.

The government of Djibouti, responding to Yussuf's statement, has repeated its position that it is only facilitating the conference, but the decisions will be left for the Somalis to make.

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