Altercation at Sierra Leone Parliament Prompts Police Intervention

A altercation broke out at the Parliament of Sierra Leone in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on November 23, following a debate about a proposed change to the country’s electoral system, according to local media reports.

According to the BBC, the governing party supported the move, while the opposition believed it would be unconstitutional.

Local news reports said that officers intervened to stop the confrontation between the members of parliament (MPs) and to remove MPs who were disrupting the parliamentary procedure citing the police.

Footage posted on the Parliament of Sierra Leone’s official Facebook page on November 24 shows officers guiding people out of the room while an individual shouts “get them out” in the background. Credit: Parliament of Sierra Leone via Storyful

Video Transcript

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

- Bring to order.

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

- Bring to order, please.

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

- Parliament members, we all [INAUDIBLE] this section of the world to ensure that cities go on. However, if you are [INAUDIBLE]

- Get it out.

- We want to [INAUDIBLE]. We are [INAUDIBLE]. Hello?

Officers. Officers. [INAUDIBLE].

If my [INAUDIBLE] not in control. Please leave them alone. Let your men get them out. Get them out, please. [INAUDIBLE], get them out.

- Get them out.

- Get them out

- Get them out.

- Get them out.

- Out.

- Get them out.

- Get them out.

- Get them out.

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

- Get them out. Get them out. [INAUDIBLE].

- Get them out.

- Get them out! [INAUDIBLE]

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

- Get them out.

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

- [INAUDIBLE] out of this room.

- Get out of this [INAUDIBLE]. Get out! Back!

- Let them go. Get them out.

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

- Get them out. Out!

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

- Get them out!

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

- Get them out! Get them out of this [INAUDIBLE].

- Get them out.

- Get them out. [INAUDIBLE] out.

- Get them out Kick them out.

- Out!

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

- Out of his way.

- Out, out!

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

- If you are not [INAUDIBLE] if you are not out of this room.

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

- Get them out.

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

- Those who are peaceful can sit down. If you are not peaceful, you'll be thrown out of here.

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

- This is lawlessness. Control yourself [INAUDIBLE] member. You are [INAUDIBLE].

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

- Those who are [INAUDIBLE] you are not out of his way.