Clashes took place in the Senegalese capital Dakar today, Friday, between security forces and demonstrators, as protests escalated against the arrest of opposition leader Osman Sonko.
And the security forces imposed strict measures on the presidential headquarters and official buildings in central Dakar, following the unrest that took place over the past two days, during which at least one was killed.
NetBlocks, which monitors the Internet, said that the Senegalese authorities imposed restrictions this morning on the use of the network, as they blocked social media, Facebook, WhatsApp, and YouTube before the demonstration called by civil society organizations and opposition parties led by a protest movement called “Enough Enough.” “.
Osman Sonko was third in the 2019 presidential elections, winning 15% of the vote.
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The 46-year-old tax inspector is also one of the most important candidates in the upcoming elections in 2024, as he enjoys wide support among the youth.
The authorities arrested him last Wednesday and charged him with disturbing public order, after protests that erupted after he was accused of rape, which Sonko says is an attempt by the government of President Macky Sall to distort his image.
He was arrested while on his way to court where he was supposed to be questioned on charges of rape.
And Amnesty International expressed concern about what it said was a wave of arbitrary arrests as part of a campaign that saw the closure of two private television channels for 72 hours due to their coverage of the protests.
The United Nations representative in West Africa, Mohamed Bin Chambas, called today for “calm and restraint” in Senegal, and condemned the violence that took place over the past two days.
He also called on the authorities to “take the necessary measures to calm the situation and guarantee the constitutional right to peaceful protest,” and called on the police to “guarantee the safety of demonstrators and property professionally, and in accordance with the law.”