Mali’s security forces attempted tear gas on Wednesday to disperse protesters concentrated in the capital Bamako on the second day of the mobilization after the opposition called for civil disobedience to demand the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubakar Keita.
Police fired tear gas at people on Independence Avenue after hundreds of people spent the night in the area after a first day of no relevant incidents recorded.
According to the newspaper ‘Nord Sud Journal’, several high-ranking officials from the opposition movement Agrupación de Fuerzas Patrióticas (M5-RFP) spent the night with the protesters in an attempt to unify their ranks and increase pressure against Keita.
The intervention of the security forces took place early in the day without any information about the detainees. “They gassed us this morning. It was predictable. The fact that people stayed here is a strong signal for the regime,” said a member of the M5-RFP youth wing.