At least six opposition figures in mali have been arrested between Friday 10 and Saturday 11 July, among which Issa Kaou Djim and Clement Dembélé, but also Choguel Maïga, and Mountaga Tall, and two men described as talking heads, Oumara Diarra and Adama Ben Diarra. All belong to the movement said on June 5. Their relatives and witnesses indicate that they were arrested by the security forces. These arrests come at a time when the country is at the edge of chaos in the aftermath of disorders almost insurrectional in the capital Bamako, where tensions are still strong.
authorities have not commented on these latest events as the climate deteriorated during the day this Saturday. The incidents are gone and stepped up to the approach of the evening, groups of young people continuing to build dams, throwing stones and to defy the security forces.
The riot police, mounted on pick-up and supported by an armoured personnel carrier were dispersed with blows of tear gas, some 150 young people grouped in the neighborhood of Badalabougou, in the vicinity of one of the three bridges connecting the two parts of Bamako and the Niger river, has found an AFP journalist. Protesters have stopped vehicle for the empty under the threat of their content is of some value, has found another correspondent of the AFP. The same agency reports that new barricades have started to draw in the evening, including on the great square of the Independence.
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Bamako on the alert
Bamako has known Friday, the worst day of turmoil civil for years, marked by at least three people dead and attacks against symbols also distinguished the power that the Parliament and the national television.
The Prime minister Boubou Cisse has reported four dead and fifty injured during a visit to the hospital, but doubts then appeared on the reality of the number of dead. The head of the malian government and renewed a call for dialogue, reiterated in the night by the president Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, and with a firm message. He indicated that he would "very quickly" a government "tightened" to restore order "as soon as possible" and deal with the challenges malians. He said he wanted to do so " with all forces ".
However, since the beginning of the crisis a few weeks ago, none of the openings of the president, including the offer of a government of national union, has not appeased the opposition, who, on the contrary, has taken its turn as the most violent on Friday.
As announced in advance, some leaders have explicitly given the signal of the "civil disobedience" Friday, after the gathering of thousands of people calling for the resignation of the head of the State.
mobs Of men have attacked the national Assembly, vandalizing and looting offices. They are also taken at the headquarters of the national television, which interrupted its programs.
" The damage is considerable here : six vehicles burned, seven vehicles whose windows were broken. The device of digitization of the archives stolen (while it was) a new device, the server of the journal television and other appliances damaged ", said Saturday to AFP the director-general of radio-television, Salif Sanogo.
members of the security forces have opened fire to clear the Assembly and the radio-television.
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Risk of escalation
It was the third event since June at the call of the coalition that funnels a multitude of distresses in one of the poorest countries in the world : discontent against the degradation safe and the inability to cope with it after years of violence, economic downturn, the failure of the services of the State, or the discredit spread of institutions, suspicious of corruption.
The parliamentary elections of march-April and the invalidation of one thirty of results by the constitutional Court, accused of collusion with the power, are believed to have crystallized the anger.
These events to the outlook unpredictable add to the volatility of a situation that alarms the allies in Mali, worried about a destabilizing element in a country that faces jihadism, and a series of major challenges, in a region tormented.
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