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‘Fed up’ youth movement shakes up Senegalese politics focus 07/16/2011

Saturday, July 16, 2011

‘Fed up’ youth movement shakes up Senegalese politics

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07/16/2011
DAKAR — Launched by a group of rappers in January, a movement called “Fed up” has shaken Senegal’s political scene and become the symbol of protests against President Abdoulaye Wade’s regime.

Youths have rallied, denouncing the 85-year-old Wade’s efforts to run for a third term as president as well as crippling power cuts, corruption and other social ills.

“We want a democratic revolution in Senegal, to change things by voting,” said Fadel Barro, a journalist and coordinator of the movement which was started by a group of friends, the oldest of whom is 33 years.
“On January 16 there was a power cut which lasted 20 hours (in Dakar). We said that something has to be done. A group of rappers from the group ‘Keur Gui’ — which has a history of challenging authority — took the lead,” he added..... MORE

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