Senegal's opposition leader charged with rape offense

Senegal's opposition leader charged with rape offense

An opposition leader in Senegal has been charged with rape. However, he was released on bail as protests rocked several cities. 

Senegal's opposition leader in rape charges

The protest in Senegal has continued after security forces charge government critics Ousmane Sonko with rape. After days of demonstrations which are bloody, he has been released on bail. According to his legal counsel, Etienne Ddione 'Ousmane is going home.'  Mr. Sonok, 45, has been accused of sexually assaulting a lady working in a fashion salon. 

However, Mr. Ousmane has said the case is politically created to prevent him from entering elections in 2024. During the last presidential polls, he came a distant third acquiring 17% of the total votes. During the case proceedings, there were various protests outside the Dakar court. The security officers in the country have deployed armored vehicles after several cars were razed and buildings were destroyed.

Early reports say more than eight people have died which includes a 14-year-old teenager. The hottest regions remain Diaobé Def where many have been reported killed. The accused is a popular figure among the teeming youths in Senegal. Also, civil groups like the movement for the defense of democracy have said everyone should participate in a three days massive protest against the government. 

The government should discuss with youths - Government official 

On Monday, a government official Mr. Alione Badara Cisse said the force won't work and the government needs to talk with the angry youths so that they would avert a national crisis. According to a foreign affairs expert John wood, the crises stemmed from years of oppression and the current COVID-19 pandemic. 

Many youths have been dissatisfied with the government's policy and demand a change. Covid-19 has also made things difficult for everyone economic wise. There have been various destruction of various French businesses due to the youth believing they are supporting the regime.

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