Senegal: Youth dies in police custody
14 August 2012, 16:01
Kolda - Police fired teargas at stone-throwing
demonstrators in south-eastern Senegal on Monday, injuring one person as
protests erupted over the death of a deaf-mute youth in police custody,
A security source speaking on condition of
anonymity said a man in his thirties had been arrested on Sunday night
in the town of Kedougou during a "raid by paramilitary police while he
was smoking cannabis".
"After his arrest there were excesses
which led to the youth's death," the source added, without giving more
details on how he died.
"This morning the population revolted against the paramilitary police. During the protest another youth was injured."
resident of Kedougou told AFP that hundreds of angry residents had gone
to the paramilitary police headquarters to demand punishment for those
involved in the youth's death.
They threw stones and police
responded with teargas. About 500 people remained in front of the police
offices by Monday afternoon, and businesses shut their doors fearing
An official from the paramilitary police said a
"judicial and administrative investigation" into the death of the man
had been opened, but that no other comment would be forthcoming at this
Human rights organisations including the local branch of
Amnesty International demanded the "despicable crime" be investigated,
in a statement published by the Senegalese Press Agency.
Minister Mbaye Ndiaye pledged action saying "an investigation has been
launched... and there will be no cover-ups", as he appealed for calm.