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Police fire tear gas at anti-government protesters in Dakar

Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 00:48

Hundreds of anti-government demonstrators in the Senegalese capital are tear-gassed by police during a protest against unemployment and oil contracts. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NATURAL (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Police in Senegal fired tear gas towards hundreds of protesters on Friday (October 14) after they had gathered in the capital Dakar, angry with the country's unemployment levels and perceived nepotism in the government of President Macky Sall. Chanting "liberty" in the streets, the protesters said they had been promised 500,000 new jobs that have not materialized, and derided Sall's government for handing lucrative oil contracts to his brother, Aliou Sall, while he was executive of Petro Tim Senegal. Aliou Sall announced on Thursday (October 13) that he was resigning from his position to ease the pressure on his brother. Despite being one of Africa's most stable and fastest-growing democracies, Senegal's average monthly income is less than $100, and around one in eight people are unemployed. In rural areas, unemployment can reach as high as one in three, according to Senegal's 2013 census.

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Police fire tear gas at anti-government protesters in Dakar

Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 00:48