The streets of several cities in Senegal were plagued by violence between demonstrators and law enforcement on Thursday 1er June. Young supporters of Ousmane Sonko, the main opponent of the country’s president, clashed with the police for long hours. In Dakar and Ziguinchor, a city of which Ousmane Sonko is mayor, this violence has caused the death of nine people.
It was the two-year prison sentence for “youth corruption”, while he was accused of rape and death threats, which inflamed his supporters. He now risks ineligibility, because it is enough to be sentenced to three months in prison to no longer be able to stand for elections in Senegal. Faced with the violence, the government decided to restrict access to social networks.