“Opposition Leader of Senegal Demands Safe Trial: A Perplexing and Bursting Development”
Ousmane Sonko, an opposition leader in Senegal, has demanded assurances for his personal safety as a requirement to attend his alleged rape trial. The trial was set to begin on May 16 but was postponed until May 23 after Sonko failed to appear.
He believes that these legal charges have been fabricated to prevent him from running for the presidency in 2024. The upcoming trial has caused tension in the African country, and Sonko’s situation is worsening. The police have been brutal towards him, barricading his house, and attempting to assassinate him.
Activists have been arrested and assaulted, and Sonko claims that the authorities are responsible for it all. The opposition leader plans to run for president again next year after finishing third in the 2019 elections against current president, Macky Sall.
Sonko insists that the legal charges against him are a ploy to prevent him from standing for the election. This situation has caused unrest throughout the nation, leading to clashes between supporters and the police, resulting in the deaths of three people.
Senegal had previously been considered stable, but recent years have seen an increase in trouble, leading to violent protests in some instances.