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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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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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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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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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Nigeria’s government warns against protests at Lekki toll gate

– – The Nigerian government has cautioned against this weekend’s planned protests at Lekki toll gate in Lagos. The demonstrators are protesting against the reopening of the toll gate where security forces opened fire on peaceful protesters in October last year. The fresh protests, dubbed Occupy Lekki toll gate, are planned for Saturday. The organizers have widely circulated flyers urging people to show up for the protests. But Nigeria’s Information Minister Lai Mohammed said the government would not allow another round of protests. – – He said criminals could hijack…

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Ghana bans opposition protests amid post-election agitations

– – Ghana’s police service has announced that it has secured a court order banning opposition supporters from protesting amid post-election agitations. Opposition supporters have been demonstrating on the streets alleging of electoral fraud over the December 7 presidential and parliamentary election results. The electoral commission declared the incumbent President Nana Akufo-Addo as winner of the presidential election. But the result was rejected by the opposition leader and former president, John Mahama. His party is also challenging some parliamentary election results with declared parliamentary results resulting in a hung parliament…

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Uganda: Seven killed during protests over Bobi Wine’s arrest

– – Seven people are now reported by the police to have been killed during Wednesday’s protests against the arrest of Ugandan presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi. The lawmaker popularly known as Bobi Wine was arrested on Wednesday in Luuka distrct, east of the country, while on the campaign trail. Protests erupted over his arrest sparking chaos and reports of the police shooting to disperse protesters. Some 45 people have also sustained injuries according to the police. “As of yesterday evening, we had seven people who lost their lives out of…

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EndSARS: Nigeria’s Buhari urges calm as probe into brutalities begin

– – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari is calling for calm as a probe begins into police abuses in the commercial hub of Lagos. The probe is being handled by the judicial panel and is a key demand of the End SARS protesters who want prosecution of police officers indicted of abuse. They are also demanding prosecution of victims of police brutalities or their relatives. Lagos state which is the first of Nigeria’s 36 states to set up a panel has asked people to submit complaints. In a tweet, President Buhari said the inquiry had…

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Nigeria: At least 69 killed in anti-police brutality protests

– – The Nigerian presidency has said that at least sixty-nine people have been killed so far across the country in protests against police brutality. A spokesman for Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was quoted by the BBC as saying that those killed include eleven police officers and seven soldiers. On Tuesday at least twelve protesters were killed when soldiers opened fire on them at the Lekki tollgate. The Nigerian army denied deploying those uniformed men to shoot at protesters, despite enough evidence to proof otherwise. On Thursday, President Buhari said…

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