The death toll from the clashes in Senegalese cities has risen to 4, according to Interior Minister Antoine Felix Deum.
The Minister of the Interior said that the Senegalese government will use all necessary means to find the demonstrators who violated public order, looted shops and caused damage, expressing condolences to the families of the four killed during the demonstrations.
On Thursday night to Friday, massive protests and demonstrations took place in Dakar and other cities of the country, which led to acts of vandalism and looting, as well as violent clashes with police, gendarmes and law enforcement forces.
This tension came after the arrest of the main opposition figure, Osman Sonko, who appeared in court on charges of rape.
Sonko’s arrest Wednesday on his way to court where he was supposed to be questioned on charges of rape, which he denies, angered his supporters.
Many Senegalese say that the arrest of the third candidate in the 2019 presidential election has also increased the discontent accumulated in this impoverished country.