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Saturday, April 17, 2021

Students and Police Clash in Dakar, Senegal Demonstrations

Senegalese police officers faced off with students in Dakar as they took to the streets to protest opposition leader Ousmane Sonko’s arrest.

Sonko was arrested on Wednesday on charges of disturbing public order ahead of his court date to face a rape charge. At least one person has died in the resulting demonstrations and clashes.

Dozens of students were seen in Dakar’s Cheikh Anta Diop university throwing concrete blocks at police officers who responded with tear gas and stun grenades.

According to a police official, one person was killed in Thursday’s clash in Bignona town in the southern Casamance region. Four police officers were also injured in the clash.

Sonko is the leader of opposition party, Pastef and a former presidential candidate. He is considered a key opponent of President Macky Sall in the country’s next election.

His supporters believe his arrest and the rape charge are politically motivated.

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