The Senegalese opposition announced Friday (Mar.31) they had postponed unstable demonstrations scheduled for Monday, Apr. 3rd). In the trial of politician Ousmane Sonko, tensions were high in the country.
The administrator of Dakar has banned the demonstration on Monday in the capital for “risks of disturbance to public order”, according to a statement sent to the AFP.
Protests in support of the opposition leader have been marred by clashes between law enforcement and demonstrators.
The Yewwi Askni Wi had planned marches in Dakar among other cities, ahead and following the trial of Ousmane Sonko.
The Pastef party leader appeared in court on Thursday for defamation against the Minister of Tourism Mame Mbaye Niang.
Sonko and his supporters maintain his legal troubles are part of an effort by President Macky Sall’s government to derail his candidacy in the 2024 presidential race. The ruling party accuses the Pastef leader of wanting to paralyze the country and of using popular protest to escape justice.