Normal life is gradually returning to Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, after last week’s violent protests over high cost of basic goods and alleged human rights abuses.

A sit-at-home strike that started on Monday and brought life in parts of the country to a standstill became violent on Wednesday.

Eyewitness say police used live bullets to suppress the protests.

At least 20 civilians and five police officers died during the clashes. All bodies are now in the main hospital morgue in Freetown.

A dusk-to-dawn curfew was imposed on parts of the country following the clashes but was then eventually lifted on Saturday.

Calm has now been restored and businesses are slowly reopening though some traders are still afraid there could be a resurgence of protests.

Freetown is cautiously reopening after last week’s violence
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On Friday, President Julius Maada Bio addressed the nation accusing the protesters of attempting to overthrow his government.

He said those responsible for the death of police officers would face justice while expressing condolences to the families of civilians who died.

In a surprise move, Mr Bio replaced some of the country’s military chiefs while retiring others.

 

Source: BBC

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