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Senegal transport workers end strike

Senegalese transport unions ended a strike overnight from Friday to Saturday that paralyzed the capital Dakar and other regions over police harassment and illegal competition.

Although “some obstacles” remained in the talks with the government, transport workers would give politicians a month to solve all problems, said Gora Khouma of the CUSTRS union.

He added that the police and gendarmes had been ordered to find ways to reduce the harassment.

Much of Senegal was stagnant between Wednesday and Friday, with passenger and freight vehicles almost absent from the country’s roads.

In many places, people turned to motorcycles or even horse-drawn vehicles, as striking drivers prevented state buses from operating outside the capital.

Large numbers of people were unable to go to work and many students were absent from school, even in Dakar.

CUSTRS went on strike to force the government to address a list of 11 complaints, with police harassment at the top of the list, as well as illegal competition and an excessive number of checkpoints on the roads.

Source Credit: TheGuardian

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