Thiaroye colonial massacre - Complaint from the CRAN

In 2014, the Conseil Représentatif des Associations Noires (CRAN) filed a complaint against the French government for a "revision and reparation", 70 years after the massacre of dozens of African infantrymen in 1944 in Thiaroye, near Dakar.

The massacre of Thiaroye, or the Thiaroye tragedy, took place in a military camp on the outskirts of Dakar in Senegal on the 1st of December 1944, when French gendarmes and colonial troops fired on Senegalese soldiers. The Senegalese infantrymen were former war prisoners who had recently been repatriated, and who were demonstrating in order to obtain the payment of their allowances and savings, promised for months.

The official death toll, recalled by President Francois Hollande during a speech in Dakar on the 12th of October 2012, is of 35 dead. However in a report dated from the 5th of December 1944, General Dagnan counted 70 dead infantrymen.

Source: website of the CRAN and article from the Dakar-Echo.

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2014CE Nov 27th
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Ongoing