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World Malians have shown in Bamako and the other major cities of the country

22:55  14 january  2022
22:55  14 january  2022 Source:   rfi.fr

Malians have shown in Bamako and the other major cities of the country

 Malians have shown in Bamako and the other major cities of the country © RFI / Kaourou Magassa demonstration in Bamako, Friday 14 January 2022. A monster crowd in the streets of Bamako and gatherings also in others Large cities of the country, this Friday, January 14, 2022 in Mali. The Malians responded massively to the call of the authorities of the transition which, in a statement read last Sunday on national television, launched a call for mobilization to say no to the sanctions of the CEDAO.

Manifestation à Bamako, vendredi 14 janvier 2022. © RFI / Kaourou Magassa demonstration in Bamako, Friday 14 January 2022.

A monster crowd in the streets of Bamako and gatherings also in others Large cities of the country, this Friday, January 14, 2022 in Mali. The Malians responded massively to the call of the authorities of the transition which, in a statement read last Sunday on national television, launched a call for mobilization to say no to the sanctions of the CEDAO.

with our correspondent in Bamako, Kaourou Magassa

for this end of the afternoon, on the place of independence, thousands of people are greenerable, yellow and red from the Malian national flag.

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Vuvuzelas and their deafening noises are out. Some Russian flags float above the crowd. While slogans against the Community of West African (Cédéao) and France are legion.

As many protesters, Modibo Koné is very reassembled: "Mali is tired of France. Mali is tired of Cédaao. We went out today to show our discontent against the sanctions that Cédéao took against my country.

It must be said that the demonstration of this Friday is perceived as a mobilization for the defense of the sovereignty of the Malian people against France and the leaders of the subregional organization, which have a hard time sanctioned Bamako.

"We are united and everyone says" Mali ". And nothing but Mali. There are no divisions, it is a whole people who is standing. We know that we will suffer, we will suffer, but we accept this suffering. Really, we do not want from the diktat of the international community.

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The point in the rest of the country

David Baché , from the editorial of RFI Africa, was able to join participants in different gatherings in localities of the South, the center, the north, and everywhere the observation is the same: the same mobilization has been massive.

The images are impressive in Kayes, Bougouni, Koutiala, Ségou, in the south, or Mopti in the center. In Bandiagara, in the country Dogon, more reduced format, the governor welcomed the participants to the home of young people. It is true that everywhere, the officials were in the first lodges, recorded were given to organize and facilitate gatherings.

In the North, Gao's Kasse Kassage Stadium was full to say no to the sanctions and ask for a "Cédao des Peoples", not a "Club of Heads of State" is the words of a participant.

in Timbuktu, two gatherings this Friday morning: in front of the Sankoré mosque for the principal, and in an official building for representatives of the Tauadéni area. In the afternoon has been devoted to prayers.

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The North Always: Gatherings also in Menaka and Ansongo, but not in Kidal, which hosts a Congress of the Permanent Strategic Framework (CSP), the signatory armed groups of the 2015 peace agreement, not really in phase with the authorities of Transition.

Among the banners and slogans, everywhere in the country: "Long live the transition", "Mali belongs to Malians", "Bas La Cédéao", "Bas France". Sometimes in quite violent terms.

A lot of placards too, it is an euphemism, the effigy of the President of the transition, Colonel Assimi Goïta. The Malians denounced as a tidal reset the sanctions imposed on their country.

If the protesters are not unanimously favorable to a long transition, they support their authorities in the face of what is perceived as an infringement of national sovereignty. They came out to say it and to strengthen these transitional authorities in their negotiations with Cédéao.

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