Demonstrations broke out on Monday 8 March. These protests were part of the judicial release of Pastef leader Ousmane Sonko, who was in custody with the research section. A young man lost his life in the Assainies.
“I am distressed by the images of the young man who lost his life this morning at Parcelles Assainies, the national flag in his hand. Police brutality and the disproportionate use of force must stop. I am delighted that Ousmane Sonko has returned home safely. The fight continues to demand the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners! The struggle continues for the restoration of the fundamental principles of a Republic: a clear renunciation of the third mandate, free and transparent elections, independent justice and respect for all our fundamental freedoms.