Anti-slavery activists arrested in Mauritania, NGO reports
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.