Mali protestors occupy state buildigs

Mali’s opposition coalition members indicates that the security forces had raided their headquarters on Saturday July 11 in the wake of violent protests against the President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. Social media Twitter and Facebook were restricted on Friday Internet blockage observatory NetBlocks said, and further the internet availability remained sporadic.

Police fired gunshots and tear gas to disperse protesters on Friday, July 10, in attempt to remove them from occupied parliament building and the state broadcaster as part of a civil disobedience campaign aimed at forcing President to resign for failing to resolve deteriorating security situation and economic hardships.

Security forces focused on the headquarters of CMAS, an opposition movement led by influential Muslim cleric Imam Mahmoud Dicko that is part of the M5-RFP opposition coalition.

“While our activists were in a meeting, they came and attacked and ransacked our headquarters,” M5-RFP spokesman Nouhoum Togo said. 

One protest leader, Issa Kaou Djim, has been detained and remains in custody, Togo said earlier. 

However, I would like to reassure our people once again of my desire to continue idialogue and reiterate my readiness to take all measures in my power with a view to calm the situation down,” he said late on Friday. 

The streets of Bamako appeared largely quiet following the protest. State television ORTM resumed broadcasting after going off air during the interference of the protestors.

However there is a general recommendation to avoid travelling during the weekend.

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