Archive photo: Security forces used force to crush a peaceful anti-government protest in Foni in 2017.

Authorities in the Gambia have issued warning against unauthorised street protest in the West African country.

The announcement came after the police came across an audio recording about a planned demonstration on  social media.

According to the head of the police force, Mamour Jobe, unauthorised street protest contravenes the principles of democracy and the will use all means reasonable to ensure that the peace and tranquility of the country not is compromised in all forms.

“There is nowhere in the world where a person or group of persons occupy the streets without the consent of the relevant authorities whose presence will be to protect lives and properties of everyone,” the police boss said.

He added that while the Gambia is a democratic society that protects the fundamental rights of its people, such rights go with certain responsibilities.

MrJobe urged people wanting to hold street protests to comply with the law in order to be protected by the law.

Although the Gambia’s constitution guarantees the right to peaceful assembly, the country’s Public Order Act prohibits any assembly without police permit.

In the past years police have used the law to ban anti-government protests and opposition sympathisers.