Nine individuals tragically lost their lives on Friday following violent clashes between Senegalese police forces and supporters of Senegal’s opposition leader, Ousmane Sonko. The escalating violence has led the Senegalese authorities to impose a comprehensive ban on the use of social media platforms.
In the aftermath of these violent incidents, Senegalese Interior Minister Antoine Felix Abdoulaye Diome declared that the casualties occurred predominantly in the capital Dakar and Ziguinchor in the south, where Sonko is serving as mayor. This information was reported by the French news agency.
In his official statement, Minister Diome revealed that certain social media sites, which are “used by protesters to incite violence”, such as Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter, have been suspended.
The Senegalese Interior Minister confirmed that the country has taken all necessary steps to ensure the safety of its citizens and their properties. He noted that security would be enhanced throughout the country to maintain peace.
Political unrest in Senegal has been escalating over recent times, with the opposition and government forces frequently at loggerheads. At the center of the controversy is opposition leader, Ousmane Sonko, who is a prominent critic of the current regime. Sonko has a significant number of followers, particularly in the country’s south, where he serves as mayor of Ziguinchor.
Tensions have reached a tipping point with nine tragic deaths resulting from violent clashes between Senegalese police and Sonko’s supporters on Friday. These unfortunate events have prompted the Senegalese authorities to impose a comprehensive ban on the use of social media platforms.
Senegalese Interior Minister Antoine Felix Abdoulaye Diome confirmed that the majority of the casualties were reported in the capital city, Dakar, and in Ziguinchor, as per the French news agency’s account. In an official statement, Diome further disclosed that the government has suspended access to certain social media sites, which protesters have allegedly been using to incite violence. Among these platforms are global giants like Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter.
In response to the ongoing unrest, the Senegalese government has taken stringent measures to ensure the safety and security of its citizens and their properties. Diome assured the public that security will be intensified across the nation to maintain peace.