Somali MP Abdirahman Abdishakur spoke strongly about protesters who were shot live ammunition in Mogadishu today

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Somali MP Abdirahman Abdishakur Warsame, one of the members of the Federal Parliament of Somalia, has strongly condemned the firing by the government forces today against the demonstrators who were against the arrest of General Ahmed Ali Shegow in Mogadishu.

Abdirahman Abdishakur strongly criticized the manner in which the Somali government forces arrested General Shegow yesterday, which he described as a way outside of the government system.

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In a statement posted on his Facebook page, the MP said that Shegow is a military officer, and it is necessary for a court order to arrest him.

“I condemn the use of live ammunition in today’s demonstration in Mogadishu. I do not condone the violence and stone-throwing of protesters, but it is more dangerous than the use of live ammunition. The behavior of the soldiers who arrested them was indefensible, and they were turning their back on the government’s war against Al-Shabab terror,”said MP Abdirahman Abdishakur.

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The MP also noted that today’s firing by the government forces on the protestors is a heinous act that has not been addressed by the federal government.

“If the situation is that protesters are shot, and the government has not spoken about it, we must prove that the act committed today is a crime. I am not defending the protesters who were shot, but I have to defend my rights from the outside world, so that this does not become a dead end,” the MP continued.

On the 19th of February 2021, it was when shots were fired at demonstrators who were against the former government of Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, who were part of prominent politicians including Abdirahman Abdishakur, former Prime Minister Hassan Ali Kheyre and other officials.