Tens Of Thousands Protest In Mali
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Dozens of people rallied in Mali’s capital Bamako on yesterday to demand the stepping down of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, heeding the call of the country’s newly resurgent opposition.
The 75-year-old president is under extreme force over failures to contain a jihadist insurgency that emerged in northern Mali in 2012 and escalate to the fragile centre of the West African state.
Thousands of soldiers and civilians have died, and hundreds of thousands have fled their homes.
On Friday, an imam led tens of thousands of protesters in a prayer in a central city square.
Protesters then sang the national anthem and blew vuvuzela horns, with many toting placards bearing anti-government slogans.
The demonstration follows a similar rally on June 5 organised by a newly-formed coalition of opposition groups.
That coalition has since adopted the name, “Movement of June 5 — Rally of Patriotic Forces.”
Religious leaders coming together and civil society figures, the coalition is channelling deep-seated frustration about the slow pace of progress and continuing bloodshed.