UPDATE 2-Senegal opposition urges more 'resistance' after riots

Sat Jan 28, 2012 10:05pm GMT
 

* Capital Dakar calm after overnight riots, security raised

* Opposition says to make country "ungovernable" if Wade seeks new term

* Govt says security forces committed to preserving peace (Adds N'dour incident)

By Diadie Ba

DAKAR, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Senegal's opposition said on Saturday it would make the country "ungovernable" if President Abdoulaye Wade insisted on running for a third term in elections next month, raising the spectre of renewed riots in West Africa's most peaceful nation.

One policeman was killed during protests late on Friday, in which demonstrators threw rocks, overturned cars and burned tyres and security forces fired tear gas, after the country's top court said Wade had the right to seek a new term.

Calm returned to the capital Dakar by Saturday but security was boosted around the presidential palace, where truckloads of police in full riot gear were deployed, armed with tear gas grenade launchers and truncheons.

"Abdoulaye Wade has declared war on the people," Amath Dansakho, the head of the PIT party and member of the M23 opposition activist group, told reporters following a meeting with other political and civil society leaders.

"The decision that we have just made will prove to Wade that this is a country of free people. We will render the country ungovernable," he said.   Continued...

 
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