Beatings, stone-throwing and arson attacks blamed on ‘tribal rhetoric’ from both main parties

The results of the first round of elections in Sierra Leone have set off a spate of political violence amid accusations of tribalism made against both main parties.

Police have sent an extra 4,000 officers on to the streets and diplomats have called for an end to “tribal rhetoric” after at least five violent incidents involving beatings, stone-throwing and arson, and after politicians had criticised voters for “regionalism” – seen as a euphemism for tribalism – in deciding how to vote.

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