MOSCOW, 8 March – RIA Novosti. Senegalese opposition leader Usman Sonko, whose arrest sparked massive protests in the country, has been released under judicial supervision after being charged with rape, the local APS agency reports, citing the politician's lawyers.
Sonko was detained on March 3 for a public disorder when he arrived at the court to explain a complaint from a massage parlor employee. The girl accuses the oppositionist of repeated rape and death threats. Sonko was charged in the case on Monday and allowed to return home.
On the night of March 4-5, in Dakar, its suburbs and other cities of the country (Ziguinchor, Rufisk, Saint-Louis), demonstrations and mass demonstrations took place, resulting in arson, acts of vandalism and looting in relation to private and municipal property, as well as violent clashes with the police, gendarmerie and law enforcement. Four people were killed during the protests.
By Saturday, unrest in the country began to subside, but the opposition urged the population to return to the streets from Monday.
Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry recommended that Russians in Senegal avoid crowded places because of the riots and expressed hope for an early stabilization of the situation in the country.