Senegal protests – level 1

06-06-2023 15:00

Ousmane Sonko is Senegal’s leader of opposition. He gets two years in prison.

Sonko is popular among young people. In 2019, he ends third in the election. He asks President Macky Sall not to run in the next election. People who like Sonko believe that the charges will stop him from running in the next election. Protests start. Nine people die. Many people are angry. They fight in the streets.  Some people say that President Macky Sall does not do his job well. He does not create enough jobs.

The government controls social media. It is unclear if Sonko can be a candidate in 2024.

Difficult words: opposition (the strong group or people who are not in power), election (when people vote for a person for a job in politics), charge (when someone officially says that another person does something wrong).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

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