The case is making a lot of noise in Senegal, where police are accused of firing live ammunition at demonstrators who stormed the home of opposition leader Ousmane Sonko to prevent his possible arrest. The deputy, leader of the Pastef movement, had been summoned by the research section of the national gendarmerie in connection with a case of rape and violence.
There were strong tensions on Monday, February 8, in Senegal, certainly, in France too. This follows the summoning, before the Senegalese gendarmerie, of opposition leader Ousmane Sonko, accused of rape and violence, by a masseuse named Adji Sarr. While he was called to respond to a summons in connection with this case, Ousmane Sonko categorically refused to appear before the gendarmerie; his status as a member of parliament wanting his parliamentary immunity to be lifted first.
But early Monday, supporters of the opponent quickly assaulted his home to block a possible coup by the Senegalese authorities. Tension rose quickly, and altercations broke out between the security forces and the demonstrators. There were reportedly injuries on both sides. The police were even accused of firing live ammunition at demonstrators. It was known that, in some of the images broadcast, a police officer had been hit by a large projectile, which had knocked him out instantly.
Other images also showed police officers standing on the roof of a two-storey house, probably overlooking Ousmane Sonko’s home, firing shots. With live ammunition? Nothing is less certain. But on the Pastef coast, the police are accused of wounding demonstrators with live ammunition.