Anti-slav­ery ac­tivists ar­rested in Mau­ri­ta­nia, NGO re­ports

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

A Mau­ri­ta­nian anti-slav­ery or­ga­ni­za­tion ac­cused the po­lice of in­jur­ing, ar­rest­ing and us­ing tear gas against sev­eral of its mem­bers Thurs­day, as they demon­strated in the cap­i­tal Nouak­chott for the re­lease of two im­pris­oned ac­tivists.

More than 100 mem­bers of the Ini­tia­tive for the Resur­gence of the Abo­li­tion­ist Move­ment in Mau­ri­ta­nia (IRA) protested in the cap­i­tal for the re­lease of the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s leader and another em­ployee, the NGO’s spokesman, Ham­mady Ould Le­hbouss, told AFP.

“Twenty-three of the protesters were ar­rested and six were in­jured dur­ing clashes with po­lice, who were us­ing ba­tons and large amounts of tear gas,” he said.

The po­lice did not re­spond to the claim when con­tacted by AFP for com­ment.

The leader of the IRA is Bi­ram Ould Dah Ould Abeid, who was a can­di­date for the coun­try’s pres­i­dency in June 2014, run­ning against in­cum­bent Mo­hamed Ould Ab­del Aziz. Ould Abeid was ar­rested in Jan­uary along with two other anti-slav­ery ac­tivists.

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