protesters shut off internet in senegal


Senegal is one country counted among many in Africa whose citizens enjoy the power of democracy.

But there are writings on the wall that the Senegalese government is slowly but surely slashing its citizens freedoms and rights, raising fears in a volatile region struggling with post-conflict situations.

Being the custodian of sea of knowledge, wisdom and experience, President Abdoulaye Wade is playing pivotal roles in bringing back normalcy in Bissau, Conakry, Mauritania and Cote d’Ivoire.

It’s obvious that Senegal itself has its hands full with its own domestic problems that need to be urgently addressed before exploding into full blown crisis.

The country is still trying to recover from Thursday’s protest by telecoms company workers who could not swallow their anger against the government’s plans to tap incoming international phone calls volumes to maximize tax revenues.

The results was a complete disruption of internet and long distance services in a country home to a slew of regional businesses, news agencies and aid groups.

I am concerned about Sonatel workers union leaders’ comments of “fighting fire with fire.” We don’t expect such inflammatory statements in Senegal, especially at a time the regional economic grouping is doing all it could to win back stability in West Africa.


About musa

I am a Gambian journalist whose mission to use his pen to correct injustice and to tell truth to power was left to bite dust. My newspaper's contents and editorials became "too itchy" that I ended up in Banjul's mosquito-infested cells where I had to cope with three nights of horrendous tortures that left scars all over my body. I was forced to flee into exile with my family, leaving behind my beloved country and editorial desk in the hands of perpetrators. However, unlike most refugees, my two and half years in Senegal was well spent.

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