5 February, 2013 On behalf of the Union for National Salut (USN) I am writing this letter to the international media to condemn the arbitrary arrest of the leader of the Movement for Democratic Renewal and Development (MRD) and spokesman of the USN, Mr. Daher Ahmed Farah (DAF).
The latter was summoned three times by the gendarmerie brigade in the city of Djibouti since he came back to his country. According to the gendarmerie, the first two times were for the payment of a penalty for damages, a penalty of three million and five hundred Djiboutian francs (3,500,000) which was paid on 29 January 2013 by DAF. Today, 5 February 2013 DAF was summoned for the third time by the gendarmerie which decided to arrest him for no apparent reason. This practice is so common in Djibouti, a country where people are living under an oppressing dictatorship.
There is neither freedom of speech nor freedom of thoughts. The population is living in constant fear, the fear of being arrested and tortured because they dared to oppose the regime and claim their human rights.
This fear has started in 1977 with the first president of Djibouti and since then things got worse. It is time to put an end to this chaos and it is time to overthrow this regime of terror for the national salvation.
Therefore it is crucial to spread awareness about the danger of such a regime in Djibouti.
Sincerely, Maydane Okiye +25377854946 firstname.lastname@example.org Member of the MRD et Journalist (Reporter) of the Lavoixdedjibouti.com