Deadly clashes broke out among the youth of Senegal and the police, leading to the death of locals as well as disrupted internal security.
The youth of Senegal are struggling and protesting against the Senegal government and the judiciary over their decision to convict one of their most popular young leaders. The youth started to protest and fight against the decision. In the present situation, the country of Senegal is burning due to the clashes that broke out between the youth protesters and the police. The clashes turn out to be deadly, with the deployment of arms and ammunition leading to an increase in deaths in the country. International convention has followed after the same.
The backstory of the clashes
The story goes back to the time when the favourite or most popular youth leader among Senegal’s young
population got arrested, got convicted for an action he hadn’t committed, and was charged for the wrong action. Ousmane Sonko, being one of the most popular leaders of Senegal, is currently in the opposition party. He was arrested recently and convicted, which raised the fire of anger among the young youths, which is leading to the present-day clashes and crisis in the country. The death toll has been rising across the nation as the anger among the youth is rising.
Ousmane Sonko has been the most popular young leader among Senegal’s youth. He has got the third position in the presidential elections in Senegal in 2020. The present clashes have broken out between the police and the supporters of Ousname Sonko. I’m the capital of Senegal, Darkar. The youth who have been protesting against the police are students from the national university in the capital of the country. Following the same crisis and situation. The university has been closed in order to maintain peace and security.
The protest began as Sonko was convicted on Thursday for corrupting youth but acquitted of the charges of raping a minor as well as giving her death threats. He has been charged with two years in jail and several other charges for misusing his power over minors and small authorities. The situation turned violent as the students from the university started to protest in support of Sonko.
As the situation turns violent and the death toll rises. The security and peace of the country and the capital, Darkar, have become a matter of concern for both the locals and the ministries of the country. Mob lynching and mob attacks on offices and local shops have caused damage to both lives and property. Ministers have come forward to take the initiative in order to maintain peace and security in the state and make the country’s situation stable again.
Social media has been shut down in the country to prevent violence spreading through online communication sources. Proper initiatives are being taken in order to maintain peace and security in the country. The restriction has been put in place in order to stop communication, which can lead to the spread of clashes in the country.
Senegal has received global attention for the ongoing crisis and clashes in the country. The following clashes have been condemned by the United Nations as they have presented a threat to international security as well as global peace order. The African Block and the West Africa Main Region Block have mentioned that the situation needs to be resolved soon and peace needs to be restored.
France and the United States of America condemn the situation. Senegal being the former colony of France, orders and the urge to restrain and dialogue have been upheld. Amnesty International has been an active observer of the same. The organisation mentions the need to call out the investigation in the same way with a restraint to use force against the locals.