updated 3:50 PM MDT, May 23, 2017
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Lewiston-Auburn residents protest Djibouti president in Kennedy Park

  • Published in Djibouti


LEWISTON -AUBURN-(Dilla Press)
Mako Hussein, in pink, of Lewiston, stomps on a photo of Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh on Friday afternoon in Kennedy Park. Dozens of people gathered in the park with signs and a bullhorn to protest.
Dozens of people gathered in Kennedy Park in Lewiston Friday afternoon with signs and a bullhorn to protest Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh, the treatment of his people and Guelleh's allowing the Chinese to build a new military base in Djibouti.

Abdillahi Bouh, who owns the Djibouti Store & Halal on Lisbon Street, said Lewiston has a roughly 800-900 member Djibouti community.

"Today we're just manifesting," said Omar Youssouf, who's been in the U.S. since 1983. "He's got to go, man. That's why we ask America, we need help."

Fahmi Galab, who also lives in Lewiston, said the new Chinese naval base upsets him.


"China is not a good country for us, there's no human rights," said Galab. "They only came for investment."
Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

Mako Hussein, in pink, of Lewiston, stomps on a photo of Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh on Friday afternoon in Kennedy Park. Dozens of people gathered in the park with signs and a bullhorn to protest.

Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

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