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Didier Drogba, Sonia Rolland join protest march over slave trade in Libya

protest in Paris joined by Didier Drogba, Sonia Rolland

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Didier Drogba, Sonia Rolland join protest march over slave trade in Libya

The conversation around the slave trade persisting in Libya that was recently reported by CNN has grown into a protest among other things.

Comment peut on rester indifférents devant tant de haine, l’esclavage, la traite humaine est la sous nos yeux chez nous en Afrique en Libye !!!! Partagez sur vos réseaux, manifestez jusqu’à ce que ce cauchemars cesse!! J’invite les autorités libyennes à stopper ces actes d’une barbarie qui laisse sans voix et censés être révolus!!! Honte à ceux qui traitent ainsi leur frères humains!!!!!!! Shame on those who see this and decide to stay silent, no words will be strong enough to describe how I feel about such slavery!!! Migrants are not your slaves, freedom for those who are leaving their countries for a better place to live and end up in these horrific people This is a crime against humanity and as human beings we can’t stay silent and not say or do anything

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An evidence of this development was seen on Saturday as former Chelsea player and Ivorian international Didier Drogba joined thousands of people in a rally against such human abuse in Paris, the capital of France. Former Miss France, Sonia Rolland was also at the rally which took place in front of the Libyan embassy in France.

The protesters displayed signs reading “No to slavery in Libya”. The marched from the Libyan Embassy towards the Champs-Elysees, where they were stopped by riot police cordons.

Clashes broke out as police moved to disperse the protest. Some activists began hurling rocks at police, who responded with tear gas.

The Libyan government launched a probe into slave auctions operating in the country, including areas controlled by the UN-backed Government of National Accord, after CNN showed footage of migrants being sold at a location outside Tripoli.

In the investigation done by CNN, it was discovered that migrants were being auctioned for as low as $400. Most of the slaves were migrants seeking to cross to Europe via the Mediterranean sea to Italy.

The African Union on Friday called for Libyan authorities to investigate “slave markets” of black Africans operating in the conflict-torn nation, following the release of shocking images showing the sale of young men.

Guinean President Alpha Conde, who is also Chairman of the African Union, demanded an enquiry and prosecutions relating to what he termed a “despicable trade… from another era”.

Meanwhile Senegal’s government, commenting on Facebook, expressed “outrage at the sale of Sub-Saharan African migrants on Libyan soil,” which constituted a “blight on the conscience of humanity”.

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