WATCH: Freedoms at stake in Senegal ahead of presidential election
Senegal, touted as a "democratic model" in West Africa, is facing rising tensions, a year ahead of the presidential election.
Police push back supporters of Senegal’s opposition leader Ousmane Sonko at the courthouse where his defamation trial against the Senegal Minister of Tourism Mame Mbaye Niang is being held in Dakar on February 16, 2023. (Photo by SEYLLOU / AFP)
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Several activists and members of the opposition are denouncing “a retreat from democracy” due to, among other things, “arbitrary arrests” and bans on demonstrations.