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SENEGAL – 16 dead and more than 500 arrested on the margins of the demonstrations


The national police faced the press on Sunday, June 4, 2023 following the clashes that have left 16 dead since Thursday and the sentencing of opponent Ousmane Sonko to 2 years in prison. The Director of Public Safety announces the arrest of 500 individuals in possession of Molotov cocktail, knives, large calibre firearms.

“In the past few days, we have recorded 16 deaths. The persons apprehended during these events are mainly dangerous and armed individuals. To date, 500 individuals have been arrested, among those arrested, we have also registered minors and persons of foreign nationality. The majority of those arrested were in possession of Molotov cocktails, knives and large calibre firearms,” said Ibrahima Diop, Divisional Commissioner and Director of Public Safety.

According to him, “the security forces have faced violent demonstrators who do not seek to express opinions but rather engage in subversive activities.”

Noted actions have been targeted at essential state infrastructure such as water and electricity production plants, public transport, as well as residential shops and banks,” said the Director of Public Security.


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