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Protesters protest against the arrest of opposition leader and former presidential candidate Ousmane Sonko in Dakar, Senegal, Friday May 5 March 2021, days of violent protests in Senegal have killed at least one person, according to local reports, as young people took to the streets across the country to support the main opposition leader who was arrested on Wednesday (AP Photo / Sylvain Cherkaoui)

Days of violent protests in Senegal have killed at least one person, according to local reports, as young people took to the streets across the country to support the main opposition leader who was arrested on Wednesday

One person was reportedly killed Thursday when police clashed with protesters in the town of Bignona in the southern Casamance region.More clashes were expected on Friday after the opposition urged the nation to take to the streets

The demonstrations began before opposition leader Ousmane Sonko appeared on trial for rape.He was arrested on the way to the courthouse and arrested for disturbing public order after hundreds of his supporters clashed with police who blocked unauthorized protests

Since then, the protests have grown. Several stores of a major grocery chain, Auchan, and Total petrol stations were looted and burned, apparently in attacks on French interests. Protesters also attacked Rfm radio station and government newspaper Le Soleil

In a statement Thursday evening, the government condemned the violence, saying: “The instigators, perpetrators and accomplices will be sought and prosecuted in accordance with the law” The government warned “against tendentious media coverage of events that incite hatred and violence could ”

The unrest in the capital is the worst in years in a country known for its stability

Sonko, 46, who finished third in the 2019 election, was charged with rape by a beauty salon employee last month and was ordered to appear in court on Wednesday after his parliamentary immunity was lifted last week >

Sonko has been a strong opponent of President Macky Sall since 2012 Sonko and his supporters, popular with Senegalese youth, have said the prosecution is politically motivated and they accuse Sall of conspiring to win Sonko ahead of the 2024 elections undermine

Senegalese authorities suspended two private television channels for 72 hours late Thursday. The National Audiovisual Regulatory Council accused Sen TV and Walf TV of inciting public unrest for continuously showing content that “explicitly or implicitly defended violence”

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