In Senegal, clashes between protesters and security forces in the capital, Dakar, on Tuesday night resulted in over 30 people being wounded and a 15-year-old killed.
The violence erupted in the crowded Ngor neighborhood over a dispute regarding a piece of land that locals wanted to use to build a school but which the authorities had earmarked for a police station.
The Ngor protests had been simmering for several days but escalated when gendarmes blocked people from entering or leaving the beachside neighborhood, according to Souleye Mbengue, Ngor’s first deputy mayor.
As tensions mounted, police fired tear gas and protesters set fires, leading to the deadly clash.
Meanwhile, the Senegalese government has condemned the violence and called for calm, urging protesters to express their grievances peacefully.
Security forces have been deployed to the area to restore order, and an investigation has been launched into the incident.
The clashes in Ngor have drawn condemnation from international human rights groups, with Amnesty International calling on the authorities to respect the right to peaceful protest and to refrain from using excessive force against demonstrators.