48 years ago, Senegalese leftist Omar Blondin Diop died in detention under suspicious circumstances. His death triggered widespread outcry against Western-backed state repression — and it laid bare the violence of neocolonialism.
Florian Bobin is a student in African history and host of Elimu Podcast. His research focuses on postcolonial liberation struggles from the 1960s and 1970s in Senegal.
Inspired by the George Floyd protests, thousands have demonstrated in France against the brutality and racism of their country’s police — a force shaped by the crime of French colonialism.