Tensions in Senegal: Footballers Denounce and Call for a Return to Peace

maryam lahbal
maryam lahbal
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Several Senegalese footballers have been reacting since Thursday to the deadly clashes which have left at least nine dead in the country. They call for a return to peace, wisdom, and justice.

This Thursday, June 1st, violent clashes erupted in several cities in Senegal after the announcement of the conviction of opponent Ousmane Sonko to two years in prison for “youth corruption”. Clashes between demonstrators and security forces left nine dead, according to Interior Minister Antoine Félix Diome.

These incidents have prompted many Senegalese international players to speak up to call for a return to calm. Lions star Sadio Mané believes that “too much blood has already been shed for 2 years” and considers that “it is essential that all stakeholders in the nation immediately unite their efforts to find peace”.

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Striker Famara Diédhiou recalls that “Senegal has always been a country of reference in Africa, but especially in the world” and also believes that “too much blood has flowed”.

For his part, Idrissa Guèye appeals to God to help leaders to act “with justice and wisdom” and to “make truth and justice prevail over oppression”.

Maryam Lahbal

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