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Young Senegalese Descends Their Anger on the Government

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Young Senegalese Descends Their Anger on the Government

Young Senegalese have had enough. They’re angry about the impact the

pandemic has had on their pockets, but also at the way their president

has been running the country.

“There’s something that the youth are not happy about and the only

way they found to express it is by violence”, says the BBC’s Lalla Sy.

“And that means they feel that they’ve not been listened to.”

So, when Ousmane Sonko, an opposition leader popular among  young people,

was temporarily arrested and charged with rape, their anger boiled over.

They said the charges against Mr Sonko were nothing more than a high-level

conspiracy to stop him from running in future elections.

But is there any evidence to back that up? And what do these

tensions tell us about Senegal today?

Young Senegalese Descends Their Anger on the Government
Young Senegalese Descends Their Anger on the Government

Young Senegalese have had enough. They’re angry about the

impact the pandemic has had on their pockets, but also at the

way their president has been running the country.

“There’s something that the youth are not happy about and the

only way they found to express it is by violence”, says the BBC’s Lalla Sy. “

And that means they feel that they’ve not been listened to.”

So, when Ousmane Sonko, an opposition leader popular among young

people, was temporarily arrested and charged with rape, their anger boiled over.

They said the charges against Mr Sonko were nothing more than a high-level

conspiracy to stop him from running in future elections.

But is there any evidence to back that up? And what do these

 tensions tell us about Senegal today?

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