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In Senegal, the Pan -African concert scheduled for evening on Saturday, September 17, "for the limitation to two presidential terms" was finally prohibited. This event, the starting point of a citizen campaign on "awareness of democratic issues", was to bring together eleven artists from seven countries at the Radisson Blu hotel in Dakar.
In his decision leading to the prohibition of the concert, the prefect of the department considers that the site "does not present all the security guarantees for a manifestation of such a dimension", and that his outfit "includes risk of disorders to disorders public order and accidents ”. A "incomprehensible" decision for David Dosseh, of the citizen movement "Tour the page", one of the initiators of the concert, present in Dakar.
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Questioned by our correspondent in Dakar, Charlotte Idrac , he rises against the prefectural decision: "" disturbances to public order "... when we decide to organize a concert for 300 people in a closed space With a hotel like the Radisson Blu precisely, with a order service, respectable people who had to be there, I admit that I do not understand. "
" Big disappointment "
" For me, he said, it's really a big disappointment. If we have chosen to come to Senegal to organize this concert, it is because Senegal is a great tradition and a democratic reference in Africa. Of course, we are totally surprised by this decision which leaves us perplexed. We are going to send the song to the media. We also planned a clip. These elements will therefore constitute for us, plan B to officially launch the campaign for the limitation of the number of presidential mandates in Africa. "
" But that reinforces us more in our desire to put an end to these multiple mandates in Africa since we realize that it is this will-precisely-to capture all these decisions which are anti-democratic and which aim to restrict public space in Africa, ”concludes David Dosseh.
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