forum. On March 2, in Dakar, on the eve of the arrest of opponent Ousmane Sonko and the demonstrations surrounding Senegal, the People’s Movement and the Pan-African Anti-Imperial Revolutionary Front (Frapp) held a press conference. Call for mobilization « Plan to liquidate radicals” Opposition. The speaker sitting behind the table is a portrait of Omar Blondin Diop, a young revolutionary of the “1968s” who died in detention on May 11, 1973 on Gore Island .
After missing forty-eight years in a suspicious environment, the memory of this young philosopher and the first Senegalese who was accepted as a normal university by a Senegalese began with the high fever in Paris on May 68, 68 (Godard Jean He turned Chinese people) Before taking revolutionary action, return to the realm that plagued Senegalese radicals.
This is because he has become a symbol. The “martyr of neocolonialism” and the repressive practices of the Senegalese state are often seen outside by Leopold Sedar Senghor (“moderate” in Senegal, “democratic island” in Senegal ) Is overshadowed by the clichés. Africa handed over to dictatorship). Senghor and Blondin Diop: Shared classical literature training, but Senegal has two diametrically opposed views.
Senegal cannot escape the memory needs that affect societies around the world. As this incident proves, the wounds of Senegal’s collective conscience have never healed. There were voices calling for the reopening of judicial files. Serious suspicion casts a shadow over the official suicide thesis. The disappearance of Omar Blondin Diop is indeed part of the long history of eradicating anti-imperialist and anti-African figures and has never been punished. Cameroonian Ruben UmNyobè (1958) and Félix-Roland Moumié (1960), Congo Patrice Lumumba (1961), Togolese Sylvanus Olympio (1963), Morocco Mehdi Ben Barka (1965), Bissau-Guinean Amilcar Cabral (1973), South Africa Steve Biko (1977)…the list goes on.
The fate of the blond Diop is like the age of incandescent lamps. In 1968, in Nanterre, he and Daniel Cohn-Bendit became the founding members of the March 22 movement. He participated in the Paris May contest, which led to his deportation to Senegal in 1969. The return to France the following year was only short-lived.