A 17-year-old boy has been shot dead in violent protests in Senegal on Saturday. A government official confirms this to a news agency Reuters. A total of five people have been killed since Wednesday.
Thousands of people took to the streets after the arrest of Senegal’s most important opposition leader, Usmane Sonko, on Wednesday. This is the worst political unrest in years. Senegal is generally considered one of the most stable countries in West Africa.
A 17-year-old boy has been shot dead in a clash between protesters and authorities in the southern city of Dubuque.
Across the country, protesters burned or looted police stations and various government buildings. Protests erupted over the arrest of opposition leader Usmane Sonko. He is charged with rape. Sonko denies that the allegations are an attempt to oust President Maggie Sal as a political rival. The government denies this.
Sonko is popular among young protesters. They question the allegations against the opposition leader because they prevented President Sullivan from running for the presidency in 2019 because two other top contenders had previously been the target of criminal charges.
Protesters are protesting against Corona’s actions, which have a high unemployment rate and worsening the economic situation, especially for workers in the informal sector.
Protesters for the president have called for three days of national protests since Monday.
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