Sierra Leone declares nationwide curfew following massive protest

Sierra Leone declared a nationwide curfew Wednesday following a massive protest in the West African country.

Vice President Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh made the announcement on a television broadcast, saying it is a measure to calm down the situation and return the country to normalcy.

On Wednesday, thousands of protesters took to the streets of the capital Freetown and some other parts of the country, calling on the government to grapple with the issue of the economic hardship and high cost of living.

Meanwhile, the protest disrupted businesses with shops remaining closed across the capital city for fear of being attacked by protesters.

The government has invoked the military to work alongside the police to react to the protest in the country.

Photoeople run away during an anti-government protest, in Freetown, Sierra Leone, August 10, 2022 in this picture obtained from social media. Picture obtained by Reuters/via REUTERS
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