1)Movement for Justice in Africa;2)The Gambia Socialist Revolutionary Party;3)The Gambia Anti-Apartheid Society;4)The Field Force;5)The People's Progressive Party and its alleged intimidation of opposition parties and use of Field Force to disrupt opposition meetings. [GMB1117]

1) The attached excerpt from the Gambia section from Africa Contemporary Record states that the Movement for Justice in Africa (Moja-G) is the group which published an underground newspaper, The Voice of the Future. The leaders of Moja-G escaped prosecution for publishing the paper on a technicality, according to the Africa Contemporary Record article. The group drew its support from disaffected youth in the Banjul-Serrekunda conurbation and attacked the PPP government and the country's colonial past. The Europa publication Africa South of the Sahara 1989 further states that Moja-G had ideological affinities with a movement with the same name in Liberia, which worked for the eventually successful overthrow of the Tolbert regime in that country. This source adds that this self styled Marxist group rejected parliamentary opposition as futile and advocated extreme political measures. Degenhardt's Revolutionary and Dissident Movements states that the group was under investigation by the authorities for the burning of boats in Gambian ports and that the founder of Moja-G, Koro Sallah, was killed in an attempted coup in July 1981.

2) The Gambia section from Africa South of the Sahara 1989 states that the Gambia Socialist Revolutionary Party has a similar following and political platform as Moja-G.

3) No information is available to the IRBDC regarding The Gambia Anti-Apartheid Society.

4) Both Revolutionary and Dissident Movements and Africa Contemporary Record mention the Field Force in connection with an unsuccessful coup attempt in July 1981. Both these sources state that whatever support the rebels had among the population of Banjul was dispelled because of the widespread violence and looting prompted by the rebels and the Field Force. No further information is available to the IRBDC regarding the activities of the Force.

5) No further information, besides that contained in Amnesty International reports and the Department of State reports, is available to the IRBDC regarding alleged intimidation of opposition parties by the People's Progressive Party.

Legum, Colin, ed. Africa Contemporary Record. New York: Africana Publishing Company, 1987. B23-B29.

Africa South of the Sahara 1989. London: Europa Publications Ltd, 1989. 501-503.

Degenhardt, Henry, ed. Revolutionary and Dissident Movements. Essex: Longmans UK Ltd, 1988. 122.