Africa Ghana West Africa World 

Ghanaians call for their country to be fixed with a street protest

– – Thousands of Ghanaians mainly young people on Wednesday staged a street protest, demonstrating over the state of the country’s economy and general state of development. What started as a social media campaign months ago with the hashtag #Fixthecountry, has now become a major movement led by young people. Wednesday’s protest lasted for over four hours with protesters holding placards that read “dishonesty and lack of patriotism gave us year of no return”, “Ghana is most religious but most corrupt country” among others. Young people in Ghana stage a…

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Africa South Africa Southern Africa World 

At least 45 killed in pro-Zuma violent protests in South Africa

– – At least 45 people have been killed amid the violent protests taking place in some provinces in South Africa over the jailing of former president Jacob Zuma. The protests mainly in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng have led to looting and destruction of some property. Gauteng Premier, David Makhura said on Tuesday that 19 people had died in the province since the start of the violence. 10 of those deaths were due to a stampede at the Ndofaya Mall in Meadowlands, Soweto on Tuesday morning. Meanwhile in KwaZulu-Natal, the Premier…

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Africa South Africa Southern Africa World 

South Africa: Military deployed amid deadly unrest over Zuma’s jailing

Soldiers have been deployed to areas in South Africa where deadly protests have continued to take place over the jailing of former president Jacob Zuma. The government is hoping the soldiers can quell the deadly unrest that sparked looting of shops and setting of buildings on fire on Monday. At least six people have been killed and 200 arrested since the unrest began last week. This is the first time such pro-Zuma protests are taking place on the streets after the former leader was processed for prison last Wednesday. He…

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Africa Featured West Africa World 

Thousands stage protest over massacre in Burkina Faso

– – Thousands of people poured onto the streets of Burkina Faso, demanding an end to the wave of killings in the West African country. It follows last month’s massacre that killed more than 130 people. The protest organized by the opposition in the capital, Ouagadougou, saw protesters waving the red and green Burkinabe flag and blowing whistles. “We had to show our dissatisfaction, show the distress of citizens who are crying out for security and peace,” said opposition supporter Alpha Yago on the side-lines of the protest. One protester held a placard…

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Protests erupt in Ghana after social media activist was beaten to death

– – There is anger in Ghana over the death of a social media activist who was beaten to pulp by unknown assailants. Kaaka Anyass Ibrahim, popularly known as Macho Kaka, died three days after he was attacked by a mob in Ejura in the Ashanti Region. His attack follows threats on his life and a warning from the police. The victim was said to be using his social media platforms to demand action from leaders in his community to address developmental challenges. His action was reportedly seen by some…

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Africa Senegal West Africa World 

Hundreds stage street protest in Senegal against LGBTQ rights

– – Hundreds of people have staged a street protest in Senegal in opposition to activities of LGBTQ persons. The protest on Sunday in the capital Dakar was intended to push for same-sex or homosexuality to be made a crime in Senegal. Senegal’s laws do not allow for same-sex activities, with offenders punishable by up to five years in prison. But there is no law that punishes anyone who identifies as a gay and that is what the protesters want changed. Sunday’s protest was led by religious leaders and civil…

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Chad: Anti-government protests turn violent resulting in deaths

– – Protests against the military council in Chad have turned violent with reports of at least two people dying. A man was shot dead in Moundou, in southern Chad while another person was killed when protesters attacked a bus in the capital N’Djamena. The protests were called by the opposition coalition defying a ban placed on demonstrations. Police had earlier on Tuesday broken up several demonstrations in the capital, N’Djamena. They also fired tear gas at the demonstrators burn tyres in several neighbourhoods of the city. – – Footage…

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Africa East Africa World 

Ugandan politician Bobi Wine arrested for protesting

– – Ugandan opposition leader Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine, has been arrested in the capital, Kampala. The former presidential candidate was leading a team of MPs from his party, the National Unity Platform, in a protest on Monday. Bobi Wine and his fellow politicians were protesting the arrests and disappearances of their supporters in the lead up to, during, and after the January presidential election. Local media reported that security forces fired tear gas to disperse the crowd that was marching with the politicians. Uganda’s leading TV…

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Africa Senegal World 

The protests in Senegal are not just about a rape charge

– – The protests taking place across Senegal were initially reported to have been sparked by the arrest of an opposition leader but there seems to be more to it. At least four people have been killed amid the protests that started last week when opposition leader Ousmane Sonko was arrested. Sonko appeared in court on Friday on rape charges and was remanded into custody, but the opposition leader’s arrest is not the major motivation for many protesters. On Saturday the country’s opposition called for fresh protests from Monday. Officials…

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Africa Senegal World 

Senegal: 4 killed amid protests over arrest of opposition leader

– – Four people have been killed amid protests sparked by the arrest of opposition leader Ousmane Sonko. There has been heightened tension in Senegal following Sonko’s arrest. He appeared in court on Friday on rape charges and was remanded into custody. Clashes erupted in Dakar on Thursday between his supporters and law enforcement officials over the arrest. The protesters set barricades and threw projectiles at riot police who also responded by shooting tear gas and other types of non-lethal ammunition into the protesters. Senegal’s government has vowed to use…

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