Sonko in court as Senegalese protesters urged to take to the streets again
Detained Senegalese opposition leader Ousmane Sonko will appear in court on Monday, his supporters urged to “take to the streets en masse” for a new round of protests against his arrest.
Five people, including a schoolboy, have been killed in the days of clashes sparked by the arrest, the worst violence in years in a country widely seen as a beacon of stability in an unstable region.
Sonko is due to appear in court in Dakar to answer questions about a rape charge, which he says is politically motivated.
Schools in the capital were closed for a week as the political opposition called for three more days of protests from Monday.
The unrest has alarmed the United Nations and Senegal’s neighbors, who have called on all parties to show restraint, and President Macky Sall – who has yet to publicly address the situation – faces increasing pressure to s ‘Express.
Sonko, 46, a fierce critic of Senegal’s ruling elite, was arrested on Wednesday for disturbing public order.
Scuffles between opposition supporters and security forces erupted as Sonko went to court in Dakar to respond to the separate rape charge.
People torched cars, looted shops and threw stones at police during the protests, which highlighted long-standing grievances over living standards and economic exclusion in the African state of Africa. ‘Where is.
The clashes had eased on Saturday, but the opposition’s call to take to the streets again raised fears of further escalation in violence.
Ahead of the new protests, 19 foreign embassies in Dakar – including those of the United States, the European Union and France – issued a joint statement on Sunday calling for non-violence and dialogue.
The Economic Community of West African States, which has 15 countries, also called for a peaceful solution to the tensions, noting it had “significant concerns.”