Cape City — Violence hit Dakar as soon as once more as tensions rose around the arrest of opposition figure Ousmane Sonko.
RFI reported clashes breaking out between demonstrators and the police, in Dakar and different components of the nation, and specifically on the Cheikh Anta Diop College in Dakar. There was no dependable report on the variety of casualties.
Youths threw bricks and sticks, whereas safety forces retaliated by firing teargas, grenades, and rubber bullets, in accordance with RFI. The gate of the college was damaged, resulting in a confrontation between police and protesters, as visitors was blocked and companies closed. Non-public tv channels senTV and Walfadjiri have been off-air after the audiovisual regulatory council accused some media homes of calling for a preferred rebellion after Sonko’s arrest.
The politician, who completed third within the 2019 presidential election, was arrested on his method to courtroom to reply rape allegations introduced towards him by an worker of a therapeutic massage parlor. He denies the fees. He’s additionally accused of participation in a banned demonstration.
Violence throughout protests towards Sonko’s arrest was additionally reported within the district of Pikine and Guédiawaye. Clashes additionally befell in Casamance within the south of the nation, the stronghold of the opposition, and in Bignona.
In keeping with certainly one of Sonko’s attorneys, he’s nonetheless in police custody and will probably be held for a most of 48 hours, till the afternoon of Friday, March 5.
Translated from RFI by Michael Tantoh