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Police in Mogadishu warn against protests as Gen. Sheegow supporters plan more demos

Storyline:National News, Security

GOOBJOOG NEWS|MOGADISHU: Police in Mogadishu have warned against any protests noting it will take action against organisers of demonstrations amid planned street protests by groups allied to jailed renegade soldiers General Sheegow Ahmed Ali.

The police command issued a statement Saturday warning against any protests noting the move to bar protests was informed by security reasons.

“The Somali people, living in the capital and its surroundings, are informed, for reasons of security, that they cannot organize or hold demonstrations that do not go through proper procedures, according to the General Security Act,” the statement read in part.

It added that action will be taken against those who violate the decree. “Anyone who commits or is found organizing, will be dealt with in accordance with the law.”

The directive follows protests by groups allied to General Sheegow who was arrested last week after a deadly clash with security forces. Following the arrest, factions allied to the soldier poured into the streets of Mogadishu demanding his release.

General Sheegow still remains in police custody.