OBELISK: CLASHES NOTED BETWEEN POLICE AND PROTESTERS AGAINST THE POSTPONEMENT OF THE POLL

The postponement of the presidential election arouses black anger among many Senegalese. In the Senegalese capital, law enforcement and demonstrators against the postponement of the presidential election are engaged in a merciless battle.

Already at 2 p.m., all crowd movements were dispersed by the police. Even the Muslim faithful who attended the Jummah prayer at the Massalikoul Djinane Grand Mosque were not spared from the dissuasive throwing of projectiles by police elements.

The legendary square was barricaded by an impressive security system. In the adjacent alleys, violent clashes, resembling urban guerrilla warfare, were noted between demonstrators and police officers both in Colobane and in the HLM 6 corner Mousse district where a taxi was set on fire not far from the Colobane market.

As a reminder, since last Sunday February 4, the start day of the presidential election initially scheduled for February 25, Senegal has been in the grip of a wave of protests following the president’s decision.

Macky Sall to postpone the presidential election indefinitely. Candidates, politicians, civil society, religious people as well as the international community (ECOWAS, EU, Washington), all denounce this decision and call on the Head of State – whose mandate ends on April 2 – to reestablish the calendar initial.

For his part, President Sall calls on the opposition for a dialogue but the overwhelming majority of actors have categorically declined this outstretched hand.