Senegalese activist, Guy Marius Sagna spoke against the influence of France in Senegal and also called for the exit of French retail companies from the West African country.
According to him, his campaign was to protect local businesses against foreign imperialists. Marius said: “If the goal is to prevent us from saying: ‘Auchan, Carrefour, get out!’ and being straightforward that we prefer to defend the interests of Senegalese shopkeepers rather than imperialist shopkeepers, you are wasting your time.”
He added that, “today, more than ever, we say: ‘PIs, go home!’ and ‘French army, out!’. ‘European ships, out of African seas!’ because we think that we have to defend first the interests of the African people.”
Guy Marius made this calls just a day after his release from police custody after he was earlier arrested alongside two other activists, Cledor Sene and Assane Diouf on February 22 and 23 after the arrest of opposition leader, Ousmane Sonko degenerated into an unrest resulting in the death of many people.
On February 26th, 2021, the three were charged by court for “organizing an insurrection movement, causing people to commit crimes and infractions and criminal association.” They were later jailed on the 1st of March 2021.
Guy Marius and the two other activists spent some days in custody until were granted a preliminary bail on Wednesday 24th March, 2021.