Despite the tensions, the leaders of the so-called June 5 movement maintained their demand for the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta.
The protest movement which calls for the departure of the ruling power in Mali on Tuesday gave a new risky meeting by calling for a “meditation” rally on Friday, a week after a demonstration that degenerated into three days of unrest that caused at least 11 dead.
Despite the tensions, the leaders of the so-called June 5 (M5) movement did not deliver any sign of wanting to compromise and maintained their demand for the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, nicknamed IBK, as well as the watchword of “civil disobedience”.
“The one who asked to come and kill us is no longer our president,” said one of the leaders of the M5, Mountaga Tall, who had been arrested before being released, as a press conference. other leaders, including Issa Kaou Djim. “I am not afraid of IBK and our determination will be even greater than before. It is for the liberation of Mali,” said Issa Kaou Djim.
Bamako, normally preserved from jihadist violence and inter-community groups that mourn the north and the center of the country, was the prey between Friday and Sunday of its most serious civil unrest since 2012, the culmination of several weeks of a crisis that alarmed the allies and the neighbors of Mali.
The violence began Friday after a rally, the third to call the M5 since June, but the first under the sign of “civil disobedience”. An almost insurrectionary climate has spread to several districts, including Badalabougou, stronghold of the main figure of the movement, Imam Mahmoud Dicko, and theater of war scenes on Saturday evening.
The government is talking about 11 dead. The challenge evokes a heavier toll. The M5 said Tuesday its intention to request the intervention of the International Criminal Court to bring those responsible for the deaths to trial. The ICC cannot, however, be seized by an organization.
“Recollection and prayer”
Precarious calm has gradually returned, but the confrontation leaves each side faced with decisions fraught with consequences. It is in this volatile context that the M5 decided to call to pray in memory of the dead on Friday at 2 p.m. at the Independence monument. “It is a gathering of meditation and prayer,” said Mountaga Tall.
The M5, a heterogeneous coalition of religious figures, politicians and civil society, has gathered around Imam Dicko, an eminent public figure and fierce opponent of power, after the disputed legislative elections of March-April. The movement channels multiple discontent, against the security degradation and the incapacity to face it, the economic and social slump, the failure of the State, or the widespread discredit of institutions suspected of corruption.
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The president tried various openings: offer of government of national union, dissolution of the Constitutional Court, partial legislative where the Constitutional Court had invalidated the results initially announced in April. This invalidation is considered as a click. In what is seen as a gesture of appeasement, the authorities, after suppressing the revolt, released Sunday evening and Monday the arrested opponents.
But none of the President’s overtures dissipated the fever. The international community is alarmed by this escalation with an unpredictable outcome in an already country faced with jihadism, violence of all kinds and poverty, and in a region itself tormented.
She discreetly works to defuse the crisis. On Sunday evening, representatives of the African Union, the Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the UN and the EU in Mali reiterated the recent recommendations of a good offices mission of the ECOWAS: formation of a union government, organization of partial legislative elections. The Malian presidency announced the arrival, this Wednesday, of a mission of ECOWAS led by the former president of Nigeria Jonathan Goodluck and composed of presidents of Constitutional Courts.
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