Senegalese Opposition Leader Calls for Protests Following Release from Jail

Opposition Leader Ousmane Sonko, who was released on bail after appearing in court to face a rape charge, has called for more protests against the government of President Macky Sall.

Sonko’s arrest last week kickstarted violent clashes between the police and his supporters, leaving at least four dead and several injured.

He is accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a massage parlpr he visited, but maintains that the case is politically motivated. 

After his release on Monday, Sonko called for bigger protests and urged his followers to remain peaceful. He was quoted, “We are not asking the people to go and unseat Mackey Sall… But let’s be clear, the revolution is marching its way to 2024.” 2024 is a reference to the countries next presidential election.

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