And what we feared happened. A young man in his fifties, Ibou Diop, has just lost his life after clashes between the young in Benno Bokk Yakaar, in power and in the Pur Party.
When we look at the pictures, we realize that it was intifada and direct clashes between opposing sides. And it lasted quite a while. Unfortunately, ambushes and everything about great crime are reminiscent.
Journalists were physically attacked.
And we also did not see intervention from defense and security forces or immediate arrest of troublemakers. And even though these police forces have arrived after the stage, it is important to draw all the necessary lessons to prevent such incidents.
On the side of the majority, President Sall blasted especially this violence and put all this on the back of the opposition who had called for violence.
At least everyone knows that Purs activists had never called for violence, but their leader Issa Sall had explained that appropriate safeguards had been taken.
We believe that solutions will never be found if the various political staffs do not recognize their responsibility for what is happening.
When Pastef's siege was searched in Dakar, President Sall had clearly warned his followers who would be tempted to pour the violence over his guidance. It was already good.
But in the meantime, he had the violence found in Saint Louis without this reacting to the power camp.
However, it is important to note that private security militants are visible in most convoys of candidates. And their goal is clearly to secure the leader's security and those who accompany him, but also to provide the necessary answer in case of attack.
This means that we leave the safety of candidates for individuals who are not necessarily professionals. And we let violence settle in the country.
This seems to regret the campaign book for the Pur party, which in a statement published yesterday, says & # 39; & # 39; As a witness to the national and international perception, the interior minister, Aly Ngouille Ndiaye, sabotages the electoral process by minimizing security for opposition candidates & # 39; & # 39 ;.
In this document, Pur claims to have been attacked by Tambacounda by BBY members and regrets that & # 39; & # 39; Their candidate suffers from sabotage that seriously impedes the normal course of their (their) activities & # 39; & # 39;.
It therefore seems important to transform the candidates with the security needed for a good campaign. They are all on the same foot because they are presidential and likely to be elected.
Therefore, they must enjoy close protection and their activities sufficiently safe to avoid slippage.
The propagation of security features to monitor the candidates' activities is a Republican and democratic requirement and is imposed on the authorities.
We can't let security privatize. It's an empty check for those who want to promote problems.
In this respect, the territorial administration, especially the prefects, is able to prevent candidates from simultaneously organizing political activities in the same place.
If travel plans and meetings and other caravans are organized at different places and times, this can reduce the risk of violence.
Finally, violence must disappear from the politicians' speech. It is not allowed to apologize for violence by insulting and threatening opponents.
And as long as the verbal violence has not disappeared from the political competition, we expect other kinds of escape of this kind, unfortunately, with losses in human life.