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Senegal suspends sports and cultural events

Senegal suspends sports and cultural events

Senegal

Sports and cultural activities have been suspended in Senegal following a stampede at a stadium in which 8 people were killed.

According to President Macky Sall’s spokesperson, Seydou Gueye, events will resume in a month – after election campaigns.

The tragedy occured when Stade de Mbour and Union Sportive Ouakam fans clashed during the Senegalese Football League final game at Demba Diop stadium in Dakar.

It's a shame that this is the kind of final that we bring here, in such a stage a final is prepared. What do you tell the victims, that the stadium was filled?

“It’s a shame that this is the kind of final that we bring here, in such a stage a final is prepared. What do you tell the victims, that the stadium was filled?”, a fan said.

Senegal has already been criticised for violence including the deaths of dozens during religious demonstrations in April.
Campaigns for upcoming elections were suspended on Sunday to pay tribute to the Demba Diop victims.

Reuters

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