Internet and TV Disrupted In Senegal Due to Civil Unrest

The Senegalese government has restricted internet access in the country as protests over the arrest of opposition leader Ousmane Sonko intensify.

Regulatory authorities also suspended the signals of two local TV stations, Sen TV and Walf TV, citing broadcast of “in loop” images of the unrest after Sonko’s arrest as the reason.

NetBlocks, an internet monitor, said that social media and messaging apps including Facebook, Whatsapp, Telegram, and Youtube were restricted early on Friday ahead of a demonstration by civil society and opposition parties led by protest movement “Y En A Marre” (Enough is Enough).

At least one person has been killed in clashes with the police since the protests started on Wednesday. Sonko’s supporters insist that his arrest was politically motivated.


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