Senegalese security forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets at hundreds of rock-throwing protesters in the capital yesterday in the fifth straight day of demonstrations against President Abdoulaye Wade’s candidacy in a 26 February election.
Youths set fire to tyres, smashed car windows and barricaded roads less than a mile from the presidential mansion.
Several protesters were injured as police defending the mansion fired back with tear gas, rubber bullets and rocks, a witness said.
The clashes come amid mounting pressure on Mr Wade from opposition rivals and international partners to withdraw his bid for a third term in office.
Opposition leaders and civil society group M-23 have vowed to make the country ungovernable if Mr Wade does not step down.
The US and France have both said they would like to see power in the West African state pass to a younger generation.