The Washington Post

Protest turns violent in Senegalese capital:


Police fired tear gas at stone-hurling protesters in Senegal’s capital on Thursday ahead of a court case involving a prominent opposition politician that has triggered anger among youths. Demonstrat­ors in Dakar burned tires and set fire to buses and a large supermarke­t. The clashes began when supporters of presidenti­al hopeful Ousmane Sonko were blocked from accompanyi­ng his motorcade to a courthouse where he faces trial for libel. Sonko, 48, who came in third in the 2019 presidenti­al election, is also charged with raping a beauty salon employee in 2021 and making death threats against her. He denies wrongdoing.

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