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Violence Breaks Out at Protest Against Senegal’s President

Posted February 19th, 2012 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The western African nation of Senegal was the scene of more protests Sunday against plans by President Abdoulaye Wade to seek a third term in office in an election one week away. Police in the capital Dakar fired tear gas and rubber bullets against rock-throwing demonstrators. Several injuries were reported. The protests began late last […]

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Protests Over Election Continue in Senegal’s Capital

Posted February 18th, 2012 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Police in Senegal clashed with protesters Saturday, in the fourth consecutive day of unrest related to next week’s presidential election. Protesters in the capital, Dakar, threw rocks at police as they called for 85-year-old President Abdoulaye Wade to abandon his bid for a third term in office. Police responded by firing tear gas at the […]

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Senegal Police Briefly Arrest Presidential Candidate

Posted February 17th, 2012 at 1:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Police in Senegal arrested a presidential candidate Friday, as the opposition tried to hold more protests against President Abdoulaye Wade’s decision to run for a third term. Witnesses say police arrested Cheikh Bamba Dieye as he attempted to join an unauthorized protest in the capital, Dakar. An official with the opposition M23 movement tells VOA […]

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Senegal Opposition Calls for Fresh Anti-Wade Protests

Posted February 17th, 2012 at 2:40 am (UTC-5)
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Senegalese opposition groups are calling for fresh protests Friday against President Abdoulaye Wade’s decision to run for a third term, despite continued police attempts to thwart the demonstrations. On Thursday, riot police fired tear gas to disband activists attempting to stage an unauthorized permanent sit-in at a central square in the capital, Dakar. Police also […]

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Wade’s Car Attacked in Senegal

Posted February 15th, 2012 at 5:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Protesters angered by Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade’s decision to run for a third term pelted his car with rocks Wednesday, forcing him to abandon the vehicle. Mr. Wade was campaigning in the town of Nguegnene . Witnesses tell VOA the president’s guards attacked some of the protesters. They reacted by throwing rocks at the president’s […]

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Police Push Back Protesters in Senegal

Posted February 15th, 2012 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Police in Senegal used tear gas Wednesday to push back protesters demanding President Abdoulaye Wade not run for a third term. Hundreds of demonstrators tried to march toward the presidential palace in Dakar, after opposition groups called for more protests against the president’s candidacy. But police blocked their path and fired tear gas to disperse […]

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Police Push Back Protesters in Senegal

Posted February 15th, 2012 at 11:25 am (UTC-5)
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Police in Senegal used tear gas Wednesday to push back protesters demanding President Abdoulaye Wade not run for a third term. Hundreds of demonstrators tried to march toward the presidential palace in Dakar, after opposition groups called for more protests against the president’s candidacy. But police blocked their path and fired tear gas to disperse […]

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Senegal Opposition Vows to Continue Protests

Posted February 15th, 2012 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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Opposition groups in Senegal are calling for a mass demonstration Wednesday in the capital, Dakar, to protest President Abdoulaye Wade’s decision to run for a third term. The planned demonstration comes a day after police prevented a group of youths from holding a permanent sit-in at a central square in Dakar. But the M-23 Movement, […]

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Wade Faces Protests on Campaign Trail

Posted February 8th, 2012 at 9:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade took his controversial campaign for another term on the road Wednesday, holding a rally in a town where opposition support is strong. The president’s convoy faced rock-throwing protesters as it drove the 70 kilometers from the capital to Thies. At the rally site, thousands of supporters wearing Mr. Wade’s Democratic Party […]

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Senegal Summons US Ambassador Following Criticism of President

Posted February 8th, 2012 at 3:10 am (UTC-5)
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Senegal summoned the U.S. ambassador to Dakar on Tuesday, after local media published an interview in which he criticized President Abdoulaye Wade’s controversial bid for a third term. Ambassador Lewis Lukens told local journalists that President Wade has compromised the elections and threatened the security of the country by insisting on running for a third […]

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