Thursday 9 April, 2020

Anti-Government protests in Suriname

A large group of protesters gathered outside Suriname’s Presidential Palace in Paramaribo on Monday to demand an end to the reign of the National Democratic Party (NDP) and President Dési Bouterse.

These protests started a week ago over increased fuel prices and living costs and the misuse of more than US$100 million from the Central Bank of Suriname. 

At last week’s protest, four people including a trade union leader were arrested.

The protest comes three months before Bouterse, who was recently sentenced to 20 years in jail for the 1982 murders of 15 government opponents, faces re-elections.

Bouterse, 74, has already appealed the sentence.

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