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Senegal&nbsp ;: a third death, the protest continues

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Demonstrators protest against the postponement of the election decided by the president, Macky Sall.

Agence France-Presse

A 19-year-old student was killed during clashes with security forces in southern Senegal, shaken for eight days by the surprise postponement of the presidential election, bringing the number of deaths since the start of the election to three. the protest.

Landing Camara (known as Diedhiou) died Saturday evening from his injuries at the regional hospital in Ziguinchor, stronghold of the #x27;imprisoned opponent Ousmane Sonko, where clashes between groups of young people and security forces continued on Saturday.

In a message published on social networks, the United States Embassy in Senegal offered its condolences to the families and friends of the victims. We urge all parties to act in a peaceful and measured manner, and we continue to call on President Sall to restore the electoral calendar, restore confidence and calm the situation, she said.

The president, Macky Sall, took everyone by surprise by postponing the elections three weeks before the vote, a decision ratified by the National Assembly which voted to postpone the electoral deadline until December 15, after having expelled opposition MPs by force.

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The Assembly also voted to maintain Mr. . Sall until his successor takes office, likely in early 2025. His second term officially expires on April 2.

On Friday, the entire country was shaken by large-scale protests, which were repressed by security forces. They dispersed the people gathered using tear gas.

The majority of cities regained calm on Saturday, including Dakar, the capital. But in Ziguinchor, capital of Casamance, the clashes continued, involving dozens of young people, sometimes very young, who formed roadblocks and threw stones at the security forces.

A 19-year-old boy received a projectile on the head and died of his injuries in intensive care last night, a hospital official told AFP on Sunday, speaking on condition of anonymity.

There were several serious injuries during the protests, and one died. He was shot in the head, Abdou Sané, coordinator of the Pastef opposition party in Ziguinchor, told AFP.

The boy was a high school student who lived in the neighborhood commonly known as Grand Dakar in Ziguinchor, he said.

An investigation was also opened after the death on Friday of a 22-year-old geography student in Saint-Louis (north) in circumstances that are still unclear. A street vendor also died of his injuries on Saturday in Dakar, victim according to his relatives of a police shooting the day before.

The postponement of the presidential election has sparked outrage widely shared on social networks, with the opposition calling it a constitutional coup.

Senegal's international partners have expressed concern and called for elections to be held as quickly as possible.

On Saturday, the mobilization extended to the diaspora, and demonstrations attracted a few thousand people in Paris and Berlin.

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Senegalese demonstrate in Berlin against the postponement of the presidential election.

The repression of demonstrations in Senegal has sparked indignation from the opposition .

We call the regional and international community to witness, in the face of the abuses of this power ending.

A quote from Khalifa Sall, one of the main presidential candidates

The coalition of anti-system candidate Bassirou Diomaye Faye, who received the support of Ousmane Sonko, denounced the brutality of the security forces who carried out unprecedented violence .

She welcomed the efforts of civil society and political actors to block President Sall's constitutional coup and maintain the presidential election on February 25.

A new demonstration launched by a civil society collective, Aar Sunu Election (Let's Protect Our Election), is planned for Tuesday.< /p>

Faced with repression, we need a strategy of citizen struggle. Civil disobedience is a weapon that we will use to bring this country to a standstill and restore constitutional legality, Malick Diop, coordinator of this collective, told AFP.

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