Originally published October 27 2014
Sierra Leone imposes curfew after gunfire, rioting over suspected Ebola cases
by Jonathan Benson, staff writer
(NaturalNews) The diamond-rich town of Koidu in eastern Sierra Leone has been put under mandatory curfew after turmoil broke out within the local community, which led to rioting and people shooting at police.
Reuters reports that a civil leader observed at least two bodies lying in the streets with visible gunshot wounds. Local police also say several youth targeted police with shotguns, although nobody was reported dead.
The tension arose in response to the ongoing Ebola outbreak, which has taken the lives of more than 1,200 people in Sierra Leone. According to the United Nations, more than 3,700 cases of Ebola have been reported in the country, although the World Health Organization recently revealed that the numbers in the country could be being underreported by a factor of 2.
Ebola leading to martial law in stricken West Africa David Koroma, Koidu's police commander, told reporters that rioting began when local authorities tried to take the 90-year-old grandmother of a former youth leader in for an Ebola test. The young man had denied them permission, but they attempted to take her anyway, also taking a blood sample.
This sparked a wave of outrage among the local youth that led to rioting at a nearby hospital, which had to be shut down to maintain order. The hospital was not a designated Ebola treatment center, and there are reportedly none in the area.
"No more Ebola!" was the chant heard around town as angry mobs roamed the streets attacking buildings. The general sentiment is that the government can't be trusted in the matter and that such efforts to supposedly contain the outbreak are actually spurring it.
"The violence in the diamond-rich district once again brings to the forefront the mistrust and tensions between citizens and the government," explains VICE News. "In July, protesters demonstrated at an Ebola center after a nurse disseminated a conspiracy theory about the origins of the disease."
Ghana native says Red Cross spreading Ebola through vaccines A native of Ghana by the name of Nana Kwame posted a story that has been circulating the internet in recent days, claiming that the Red Cross is actually spreading Ebola through vaccines. The mainstream media has denied the legitimacy of this report, but the history of the Ebola virus suggests that it could be legitimate.
One reason for this, as we previously reported, is that the U.S. government owns patents for both the Ebola virus and Ebola vaccines. It thus has an incentive to see the virus spread, because each time a person is treated with a vaccine, the government profits.
Another reason is that, like vaccines for other virulent diseases such as polio, it appears to be possible that Ebola can spread through vaccines. The people of India know this well, as polio vaccines administered in their country caused tens of thousands of children to develop "polio-like paralysis," which is really just a wild form of polio.
"[Ebola] is only contracted by those who receive treatments and injections from the Red Cross," reads the original post by Kwame, adding that the disease was brought to West Africa for the purpose of establishing Western troops on African soil.
Kwame's post also mentions diamonds as a motivating factor in the U.S. sending troops to the region, and particularly to Sierra Leone, the world's largest supplier of diamonds. Underpaid miners have reportedly been on strike for the past four months in protest of poor working conditions and "slave" wages.
"The West will not pay a fair wage for the resources because the idea is to keep these people surviving on rice bags and foreign aid so that they remain a source of cheap slave labor forever."
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