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Unrest in Senegal as Former Mayor Sonko Appears in Court

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authorities took Strict measures Thursday, Senegalese opposition leader Ousmane Sonko forcibly removed from office car And escorting him to appear before the court and preventing his supporters from accompanying him and creating unrest throughout the capital.

The police fired tear gas in Multiple parts of Dakar to disperse the demonstrators on the third day of demonstrations in support of Sonko, who the third place in the last Presidential elections are seen as leading rival in next year’s vote.

some protesters set fire to Senegal buses national public French carrier and target company shops. disorders also It has been reported in the city of Theis, 68 kilometers (42 miles) east of DC, as well in southern cities of Ziguinchor, Bignona, and in Saint Louis in Country north.

Sonko maintains that his legal troubles are part of it of President Macky Sall’s effort government to block his candidacy in 2024 election. The opposition figure urged Sall to say publicly that he would not seek a third term in office.

“the face of Senegal is a dictatorship of Maki with “Police crackdown,” Sonko told reporters Thursday afternoon.

previously in Today, caravan of Opposition supporters perished more than an hour making it way Ben Sonko home And the court where he was to appear in communication with civil suit against He is from Senegalese tourism minister for alleged defamation.

Once in Sonko asked to see the doctor, saying the police mistreated him when they forced him out of for him car. Judge Babi Mohamed Diop postponed Session until March 30th.

On a separate issue, the Sonko also facing Rape charges after a women’s massage parlor employee came forward And they accused him of Exceeds. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison He will be banned from running for president. There is no date set for This trial.

It falls on Thursday second time in A month carried out by the Senegalese authorities by force removed Sonko from his vehicle, saying his movements caused flaw. In mid-February, the police broke the window of for him car So they can open the door and force for him out.

in 2021 days of deadly Protests erupted after Sonko’s arrest for annoying public request while on for him way to court for Scheduled appearance in rape case. 13 at least people He died during the worst violence that rocked Senegal in years.

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