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Meanwhile, the students, dozens of them, spontaneous converged on the law court building on Monday 21 November, 2016, to protest and show solidarity with their colleague now before the Magistrates court.

Leader of the movement, Briama Musa, said the move was not only about Theresa but also about freedom of speech for all and sundry, especially for students and young people in the country.

“We have to ensure that democratic rights are protected in the country,” he said, adding that they were dissatisfied with the reasons by the government to arrest, detention, and prosecute Theresa.

“We know the very charges against her cannot stand the test of time so we want to call for her release,” he added.

Activist and president of the Mass Communications Students’ Association at Fourah Bay College, Theriyeh Koroma, who was also part of the protest, said that “freedom of expression should be guaranteed and there should be no reason for government to stifle it”.

The students also called for the recognition and protection of the rights to freedom of speech and expression, adding that the arrest of Theresa was an attempt by government to suppress the rights to freedom of speech and expression of students and young people in the country.

This they said was a “total violation” of their rights and disregard of the provisions of the constitution of the country and called on more civil society organizations to follow up the matter closely and ensure that the lady was release.

Theresa M’boma was arrested on 16 November for a post she allegedly forwarded on social media which called on students to protest against the 62% increase in pump price of fuel and the difficult economic situation in the country.

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