Senegal Capital Hit by Riots Over Electricity Outages, Pop Says

Protestors blocked roads, lit fires and stoned anti-riot police late yesterday in the outskirts of Senegal’s capital, Dakar, where residents said power had been cut for as long as 34 hours, Le Pop reported.

Police responded with tear-gas grenades and imposed curfews in seven neighborhoods, according to the Dakar-based newspaper.

In October, a report by the country’s state statistical agency said that power outages were costing the average formal sector business in the country 9.6 million West African CFA francs ($19,766) a day.

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