Accusations, ‘plots’ and violence: Political crisis in Senegal

Police clash with protesters in Dakar, Senegal, on March 3, 2021.
Police clash with protesters in Dakar, Senegal, on March 3, 2021. © REUTERS / FRANCE 24

Fierce clashes between protesters and police continued for a second consecutive day in Senegal on Thursday, with at least one person killed in the violence. The country has been plunged into unrest after opposition leader Ousmane Sonko was accused of rape in early February, a charge he claims is part of a political plot orchestrated by the country’s president, Macky Sall.