The Senegalese administrative authorities have banned new demonstrations planned for Wednesday, June 29, by the main opposition coalition. Yewwi Askan Wi protests against the rejection of his national list led by Ousmane Sonko ahead of the July 31 legislative election. In front of the press, the leaders of Yewwi Askan Wi announced in the early afternoon that the marches planned for Wednesday have been postponed.
as reported from Dakar, Charlotte Idrac
The marches have been postponed “to a later date”, announced Aïda Mbodj, one of the leaders of the coalition, along with Ousmane Sonko, Khalifa Sall or Déthié Fall. The MP mentioned the mediation of religious people, the preparations for the Muslim festival Tabaski, or even the school tests to explain the postponement.
Already on Tuesday night, Ousmane Sonko had urged his followers on his Facebook page not to come near his home to watch. “There is nothing to fear,” he wrote.
Prohibition of demonstrations This report follows a ban on gatherings. The prefects in several ministries referred in particular to “threats of disturbance of public order”, “risk of infiltration of malicious individuals” or even “violation of the electoral law”, which prohibits any “disguised propaganda” before the official inauguration of the campaign. A reason already put forward by the prefecture of Dakar during the call for demonstrations on June 17. On that day, clashes between protesters and police had left three dead, in Dakar and Casamance, in the south of the country.
IN a statement, warns Amnesty International of “a real threat to the right to demonstrate in Senegal”. The organization also condemns “arbitrary arrests” during recent demonstrations. Guy Marius Sagna who had been arrested in Ziguinchor in Casamance was assessed Tuesday. Yewwi Askan Wi’s candidate for the ward finally gets a month’s probation.
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