Protests erupted in Senegal after opposition leader Ousmane Sonko was sentenced to two years in prison for “corrupting youth.” The sentencing led to clashes between protesters and riot police, leaving several injured.
Sonko can be arrested “at any time,” according to Senegal’s Justice Minister. His conviction stemmed from charges of rape brought against him by a young woman. Sonko denies the charges and claims they are politically motivated.
Sonko’s supporters believe the charges were fabricated to prevent him from running in the 2024 presidential election. His imprisonment has sparked outrage and protests across the country, with demonstrators calling for his release and for the government to address corruption and economic hardship.
The Senegalese government has condemned the protests and criticized the opposition for inciting violence. However, the opposition argues that they are fighting for democracy and human rights.
The situation in Senegal remains tense, with continued clashes between protesters and police. The international community is closely monitoring the situation, with several countries calling for calm and dialogue to resolve the crisis.