Senegalese democrats attacked by police


This video, recorded in the USA in March 2011, says about itself:

Inspired by the demonstrations in Tunisia, Egypt and Wisconsin, about one hundred Senegalese workers living in Harlem marched in protest of the blatant corruption of the government and miserable, declining quality of life for workers in Dakar.

The President of Senegal recently spent $400 million of “public” money on a private jet while Dakar has no electricity for four hours a day. The jet formerly belonged to French president Sarkozy, who upgraded to a newer jet himself.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Police attack Senegal protesters

Thursday 23 June 2011

Senegalese police lobbed tear gas at thousands of protesters who massed in Dakar today to oppose proposed changes to the constitution that critics said would benefit the longtime president and his family.

Clouds of tear gas enveloped the square in front of the country’s parliament, where MPs gathered to deliberate the proposals.

They included creating the post of vice-president and lowering the percentage of votes required for a candidate to win office.

The protest marks the biggest challenge yet to President Abdoulaye Wade, who is attempting to run for a third term at the age of 85.

If he succeeds in securing a third term he would be ruling into his 90s.

After protesters succeeded in shutting down Dakar’s central business district, setting fire to cars and pelting police with bricks and stones, Mr Wade’s spokesman went on the radio to say that the ruling party was abandoning the percentage clause.

See also here.

Photos are here.

Prominent Senegalese rapper Omar Toure, who is a vocal critic of President Abdoulaye Wade, has been arrested: here.

What exactly are the Senegalese people protesting ahead of the Feb 26 presidential election? Here.

Women in Senegal Promote End to Female Genital Mutilation: here.

Authorities in The Gambia late Tuesday released a Guinean anthropology student who had been arrested two months ago for “spreading revolutionary ideas” and threatening national security: here.

The struggle for freedom of expression in the new Egypt. @SalilShetty reports: here.

Germany has told Greek MPs to vote for cuts and privatisations this week – or else: here.

United States: Austerity fuels fresh protests: here.

Don Tapscott: Will Youth Unemployment Demonstrations Come to America? Here.

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