facing challenges, the government facilitates existing curfews

In Senegal and Madagascar, clashes took place on Wednesday, June 3, during meetings against anti-Covid-19 measures, such as curfews and confinement. Protesters and police collided on the street with stone throwing on one side and tear gas and rubber bullets on the other.

The Senegalese government announced on Thursday, June 4, a reduction in nighttime output and a resumption of transport between cities following two nights of incidents and protests against measures to contain the new coronavirus. The curfew which came into force at 9 am (local and GMT) is slated to 11 am and ends at 5 pm, Minister of the Interior Aly Ngouille Ndiaye announced. “From this day, the restrictions on transport on national territory will be pronounced with enforcement of the curfew from 11:00 to 17:00,” said the minister in an intervention broadcast on public television. “Meetings in public or private places, restaurants, gyms, casinos will benefit from the same flexibility measures,” he added.

Dakar and several cities were the scene of protests over the past two nights. Senegalese went out into the streets after the curfew came into effect, lit tires, set up roadblocks and threw stones at police. Police and celebrities scattered the protesters with tear gas. The army, already mobilized in advance, provided its support and social networks spread images of military vehicles on the streets.

The dispute has exceptionally affected the religious town of Touba, 200 km east of Dakar. Police vehicles and an ambulance were burned there and Covid-19 patient treatment centers were attacked, says an official. More than 200 people have been arrested in the country, says the interior minister.

In Madagascar, riots also occurred on Wednesday in Toamasina, the country’s second city. The protesters erected ponds and burned tires to protest the containment measures that are still in force in this urban area.