Opposition Osman Sonko was dissolved third in the 2019 presidential elections, and was arrested after a beauty salon worker accused him of raping her, which he denies and considers it “politically destructive”
The Movement for the Defense of Democracy (opposition) called for protests throughout Senegal for a period of 3 days, starting from tomorrow, Monday, with continuing unrest and deaths due to the arrest of a prominent political opponent.
The movement said it calls on the Senegalese people to “continue their peaceful mobilization and struggle by using all their constitutional rights” to reject what it called the “dictatorship” of Senegalese President Macky Sall.
The gathering, which includes political parties – including the detainee Osman Sonko “Bastif” party – and civil society activists called for “the immediate release of all political prisoners detained arbitrarily and unlawfully” and “respecting the right to demonstrate.”
Sonko was third in the 2019 presidential election, and was arrested after a beauty salon worker accused him of raping her. Sonko denies the allegations and says they are an attempt by Sall to destroy a political rival, which the government denies.
For his part, a Senegalese government official said that a 17-year-old boy was shot dead in the south of the country on Saturday, and several police stations were looted, with the president’s opponents calling for more protests this week.
The official, who requested anonymity, said that the boy was killed during clashes in the southern town of Diop, adding that the protesters also burned a military police station and looted several government buildings.
At least 5 people were killed in the protests that erupted after the arrest of Othman Sonko, the most prominent political opponent in Senegal, last Wednesday.
This is the worst political turmoil in years, in a country widely seen as one of the most stable West African countries.