The Dakar court adjourned to June 27 the trial of parliamentarians Déthié Fall and Mame Diarra Fame and nine other defendants. The judge explained that he wanted to combine their files that day with those of 75 other people called to be tried in connection with the prohibited demonstration of June 17.
The 11 defendants of Wednesday are therefore kept in detention, explained to l’AFP one of their lawyers, Me Bamba Cissé. The opposition figures at 200 the number of people arrested across the country in connection with the ban on demonstrations and demands their release.
Tensions have been growing in Senegal since the Constitutional Council confirmed the invalidation, on June 3, of the national list of holders of the Yewwi Askan Wi coalition for the July 31 legislative elections. Opponent Ousmane Sonko, third in the 2019 presidential election and declared candidate for that of 2024, as well as other opposition figures found themselves excluded from the race.
New event on June 29
The opposition, which is calling for the reinstatement of the list and has threatened to prevent the holding of the elections, called for demonstrations on June 17. But the authorities had banned the gatherings citing the risk of unrest. Dakar and Casamance (South) were in fact the scene of clashes which left three dead. The opposition has called for a new demonstration against power on June 29.
Neither the opposition nor the authorities, who accuse their opponents of preaching insurrection, have given any sign of wanting to compromise, raising fears of an escalation, despite various calls for dialogue from outside personalities. Aminata Tall, member of the leadership of the presidential party, stood out this week by criticizing the rejection of the opposition list. “It’s a setback for democracy and no one should accept it. We must all lead the fight to consolidate our democracy”, she said, according to remarks widely taken up by the press.