Violent protests in Senegal killed a 17-year-old boy. As of Wednesday, at least five people have been killed in demonstrations that broke out after the arrest of Ousmane Sonko, the country’s most prominent opposition leader.
The boy died in southern Diaoube. In the capital Dakar, the police used tear gas against protesters. Thousands of people have mobilized across the country in the protests. Several shops, police stations and government buildings have been looted or set on fire. This is the greatest political unrest for years in Senegal, which is known as one of the most stable countries in West Africa.
Opposition leader Sonko was arrested on a rape charge. He contradicts the allegations, saying it is an attempt by President Macky Sall to eliminate him as a political rival. Sonko finished third in the 2019 presidential election and is popular with young people. He first appeared in court on Friday.
Young protesters use the protest to express their dissatisfaction about, among other things, the high unemployment and strict corona measures. Opponents of the president have called for more demonstrations over the next week.