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Gabon: Civil Society Leaders Arrested Prior to New York Forum Africa

Categories: Sub-Saharan Africa, Gabon, Breaking News, Citizen Media, Development, Freedom of Speech, Governance, Human Rights

News website Koaci.com [1] [fr] reports that Marc Ona Essangui, of the civil society organisation ‘Ca suffit comme ça’ (Enough is enough) and other Gabonese activists were arrested this morning in the capital Libreville. They were planning to hold a ‘Forum of the indignants [2]‘ [fr] to counter the New York Forum Africa [3], held in Libreville from June 8 to 10, 2012, where business and political leaders will discuss the development of the continent. Jean-Eric Nziengui Mangala, spokesman of the Minister of Interior, explains to AFP [4] [fr] that the demonstration was forbidden.