In Buhoodle, a town in northern Somalia, hundreds of people took the streets to show support for the Somali government’s rejection of the meeting, which will held in neighboring Kenya this month.
The demonstrators raised photos of Somali Prime Minister Mohammed Abdullahi Mohammed, chanting slogans calling for all Somalia factions not to be present at what they called blatant cheating against Somalia.
Fardowsa Sheikh Ahmed, a resident in Buhoodle, told All Headline News the people expressed how they don’t want the U.N.-sponsored meeting.
Ahmed also said that the demonstrators were holding placards written with: “It is embarrassing mistake for Somali individuals who want to attend the meeting” and “The aim of the meeting is to divide Somalis, destroy the TFG.”
She added that they marched through several neighborhoods in the town. Security was tightened by the police forces of the breakaway republic of Somaliland which in charge of the region of Sool.
Speaking at a rally, Garaad Ibrahim Da’ud, a prominent Somali elder in the Sool region, said Somalia will never accept the outcome of that meeting sponsored by the UN.
Similar peaceful rallies also took place in the town of Galka’yo in the Mudug region of central Somalia and the El-barde district in the Bakool region in the south of the country. AHN
Demonstrations in support of the last decision by the government not to participate in the meeting which will be held in Kenya mid of this month happened in northern Galkayo, the headquarter of the Mudug province. The demonstrations were organized by the community and students.
Voicing her feelings one of the demonstrators, Dahabo Waddani said they fully support the decision of the Prime Minister, Mr. Farmaajo and his government for rejecting to take part in coming meeting scheduled in Nairobi.
Heeb Hassan Jama, the leader of an association of disabled youth in Galkayo, who spoke to the crowd said they do not want any meeting about the issues of Somalia to be held outside the country as there has been no meaningful outcome of all meetings held outside the country.
There were no participants from the officials of the self-autonomous region of Puntland.
Puntland administration accepted to take part in the meeting, and believes that the meeting is intended to look for a lasting peace for Somalia.