The Senegalese singer Youssou Ndour and opponent was wounded in the leg, Tuesday, Feb. 21, when dispersing a crowd that intends to participate in a rally banned by the authorities in downtown Dakar, said his entourage. "Youssou Ndour was wounded in his left leg, it was examined by a doctor, but he did not make it a state affair and we will not comment more this information," said Charles Faye, media adviser its movement, it Fekké My Boole ("Concerned").
Faye did not wish to specify the type of shot that hit Mr. Ndour that, he simply stated, was injured "in the heat of the moment" during the dispersal of the crowd gathered on an avenue leading to the Independence Square, where access was prohibited by riot police.
The clashes erupted on Tuesday evening when, perched on the roof of a car, Youssou Ndour, approached very near a cordon of riot police on Avenue Georges Pompidou, a short walk from the square of the independence. Stones are then parts of the crowd that surrounded his vehicle toward police, who responded by firing tear gas.
Youssou Ndour had quickly left the scene after the start of the dispersal by police, during which at least one person, evacuated by rescuers, was wounded in the leg, according to a journalist present on the avenue. After the dispersal, young people are scattered in small groups in adjacent streets, including erecting barricades.
Nearly a thousand people were on Pompidou Avenue (formerly Ponty) to try to access the Independence Square, gathered around Youssou Ndour and three other opponents and presidential candidates from 26 February , the former Prime Minister Idrissa Seck, former Minister of Foreign Affairs Ibrahima Fall and Deputy Mayor and Cheikh Bamba Dieye. For nearly two hours, the demonstrators face the police, chanted slogans and sang choruses of a song hostile to President Abdoulaye Wade, also nominated, and which they contest the application, saying he should leave office after two terms (elected in 2000, reelected in 2007). Before the crowd dispersal, Youssou Ndour, whose candidacy for president was rejected by the Constitutional Council had reiterated that Mr. Wade had to give up stand.
Youssou Ndour, Idrissa Seck, Cheikh Ibrahima Fall and Bamba Dieye are all members of the Movement of 23-June (M23), a coalition of opposition parties and organizations of civil society calls for the withdrawal of the race of Mr. Wade . Previous calls this coalition to rally in Independence Square have led to violence between demonstrators, mostly young people who were trying to get there, and law enforcement. Since January 27, date of validation of the application of Wade for president - confirmed on 29 January after review of appeal - the violence related to challenging new mandate made a total of six deaths, according to sources concordant.