Curfew in Senegal: police charged with violence
Senegalese human rights defenders on Wednesday condemned the excessive violence attributed to social networks to police officers responsible for enforcing the curfew that went into effect overnight against the coronavirus.
Videos circulating abundantly on social networks show uniformed police distributing baton to isolated passers-by at night, hitting a taxi driver, dropping a driver of a scooter, or starting, baton in hand, by chasing a young man on the street.
Alioner Tine, founder of the Africa Memorial Memorial Center and former regional director of Amnesty International for West and Central Africa, believes that the police can ensure compliance with the exit procedure “with due respect for human rights”. “No torture, inhuman and degrading treatment. No excessive use of force, ”he tweeted.
The residents of Dakar have emphasized on social networks that it is not always possible to return before 8 pm, all the more so when public transport is limited and in emergency situations sometimes night trips are required.
The locations of these brutalities are unclear. The police did not respond to requests from the police.
#CoronaVirus. In Senegal, emergency and curfew were ordered from 8am to 6pm. Last night, for people who do not respect the curfew, this is what happens … we are not kidding with the rules! French not respectful: a little trip to Dakar can serve as a lesson. pic.twitter.com/ysUK5BVmLr
– Pouliquen Alain (@pouliquen_alain) March 25, 2020
One, Forum du Justiciable, believes that “this behavior, which corresponds to torture, seriously violates the dignity of these citizens,” according to a press release quoted by the Senegalese media. She asked authorities to quickly “reclassify” the police in error.
However, some Senegalese internet users welcome the police’s methods and motivate them with “indiscipline” which they say characterizes many of their compatriots.
President Macky Sall declared an emergency on Monday, along with a strict travel ban from 8am to 6pm to fight the spread of coronavirus.
Thirteen new cases of coronavirus were officially confirmed on Wednesday, which means that the total amounts to 99 since the virus first appeared in the country on March 2. Nine patients were declared cured and no deaths have been reported.