Thousands Protest in Mali in Support of Coup
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Thousands of people demonstrate in the Malian capital Bamako, Friday, August 21, to support the military overthrow of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita earlier this week, amid unanimous international condemnation of the coup.
READ MORE: A delegation from the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will hold talks in Mali Friday with the military junta holding ousted Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and other government leaders.
The ECOWAS leaders have called for Keita’s release since the military faction arrested him Tuesday and he announced his resignation and the disbanding of the government.
The M5-RFP coalition of opposition parties, which led protests against Keita, supports the mutineers and rejected ECOWAS’ position.
ECOWAS leaders have imposed sanctions on Mali, blocked borders and suspended the country’s involvement in the pan-African bloc.