Dakar – Senegal’s foreign ministry has summoned the Canadian embassy’s charge d’affaires after it said one of its diplomats in Ottawa was hospitalised following “rare police violence”.
The diplomat was taken to hospital by ambulance after being handcuffed and “savagely beaten” in her home in a “racist” incident, the ministry said in a statement issued Thursday.
It said it summoned the charge d’affaires to “vigorously denounce and strongly condemn the racist and barbaric act”.
According to the ministry, the Canadian police on Tuesday “raided” the diplomat’s home in Ottawa and exercised “humiliating physical and moral violence, in front of witnesses and in the presence of her minor children.”
The identity of the diplomat was not disclosed.
“Despite the reminder of the victim’s status as a diplomat and the inviolability of her home, the Canadian police handcuffed and savagely beat her, to the point that she had difficulty breathing, which led to her being evacuated by ambulance to hospital,” the statement said.
The ministry says it has served a “note of protest” to the Canadian authorities through their embassy in Dakar and that of Senegal in Ottawa.
It demands an investigation and proceedings brought against “the perpetrators of this inadmissible aggression”.
“The government of the Republic of Senegal reserves the right to take any other appropriate action and urges the Canadian authorities to ensure that such cases do not recur,” the statement said.