Senegal is plunged into a situation of acute social tension. The teachers’ unions, grouped in a large movement called the G20, decided to observe a strike on Monday, March 1, 2021 to oppose the arrests of their colleagues including the secretary general of the authentic Cusems, Dame Mbodji.
In a press release released this Sunday, February 28, 2021, the Cusems (Unitary Union Framework of Teachers of Middle Secondary) supports his colleagues and demands the unconditional release of all teachers detained on charges of repeated rape against Ousmane Sonko. These teachers arrested by the national police are accused of trying to foment public order disturbances by calling for violent demonstrations.
The Secretary General of the Cusems, Abdoulaye Ndoye, considers the grounds too light and asks the President of the Republic to order the release of these soldiers from knowledge. this is an unacceptable authoritarian drift. The Executive Board also calls for the immediate and unconditional release of all prisoners, particularly teachers whose detention undermines the functioning of the institutions. The National Executive Board of the CUSEMS condemns all these acts of intimidation, threat and harassment aimed at gagging all citizens who are still standing and concerned about the general interest.The National Executive Board of the CUSEMS reminds the government that the Senegalese people are committed to democratic values, peace and respect for human dignity. Also, the day after the expiry of its notice (February 8, 2021), the CUSEMS invites all its activists and supporters to strengthen vigilance and mobilization to defend freedoms. The CUSEMS asks all its activists, sympathizers and sympathizers to observe this Monday, March 1, 2021 a stop of the courses at 9H.” , reads the communiqué of the National Executive Board of the Cusems.