Senegal Prepares for Civil Unrest as Opposition Leader is Due in Court

A Senegalese opposition collective, the Movement for the Defence of Democracy, has urged Senegalese people to resume the protests after clashes last week left at least four dead.

The clashes between the Police and Sonko’s supporters began last week following Sonko’s arrest on Wednesday.

Ousmane Sonko was heading to court to face a rape allegation — with hordes of his followers escorting his motorcade — when he was arrested by the police for disturbing public peace. The arrest sparked violent clashes which continued till Friday.

Tensions have since dissipated, but the opposition collective, which includes Sonko’s Pastef party, called for fresh protests from Monday to Wednesday.

It also called on the government to release “political prisoners”, respect the right to protest, and restore the licenses of two television stations that were suspended for showing images of the clashes.

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