Protesters in Dakar gathered on Wednesday, June 3, to denounce the ongoing nationwide overnight curfew and additional coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions. According to reports, on Wednesday night (local time) the demonstrators threw rocks at security forces and set fire to tyres. Local police and army personnel were deployed to several neighborhoods in efforts to disperse protesters and contain the unrest.
Similar protest action was reported in the Kaolack region on Wednesday, and also in Touba on Tuesday, June 2. Demonstrators in Touba reportedly set alight an ambulance outside a COVID-19 treatment center, threw rocks at a local post office, and looted buildings and offices.
A nationwide curfew remains in effect between 21:00 and 05:00 for the duration of the state of emergency imposed until Thursday, July 2. The movement of people and goods between departments is prohibited, except in the Dakar region. Further restrictions include mandatory face masks in public places, and a ban on gatherings and demonstrations.
Further demonstrations and associated unrest are likely in the near term.
Individuals in Senegal are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, anticipate localized transportation disruptions, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.
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