The conviction of opponent Ousmane Sonko sparked violence that officially left 16 people dead in early June.
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A heavy toll. Amnesty International explained, Thursday, June 8, to have counted 23 deaths in the unrest which shook Senegal, more than the official balance sheet of the authorities which is established at 16 dead, and requires an independent investigation. There are “several by bullets”also writes Amnesty in a press release, which specifies that three victims are minors.
Through 18 interviews, authenticated videos and death certificates and autopsy reports attesting to gunshot wounds, the NGO gives an increasing human toll and denounces excessive use of force as well as attacks on freedom. of expression and information.
The NGO denounces attacks on freedom of expression
Senegal was in the grip of its worst unrest in years from June 1 to 3 after opponent Ousmane Sonko was sentenced to two years in prison in a vice case. The announcement of the sentence sparked rallies and violence. The court decision makes, in the current state, ineligible for the presidential election of February 2024 a personality popular in youth and underprivileged circles.
The organization also denounces attacks on freedom of expression: the authorities suspended access to popular social networks and internet access via mobile phones for several days.
Source: France TV Info