Coup d'état in Mali, Soldiers over throw government this morning

Date: 22-03-2012 10:53 am (11 years ago) | Author: Daniel Bosai
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Soldiers early this morning stormed the Mali state TV and announced that they have seized control of the country, dissolving all of its institutions. The soldiers, who were about 20 in number, introduced themselves as the National Committee for the Reestablishment of Democracy and the Restoration of the State, or CNRDR and said they are ceasing power from government because of the government's mishandling of an insurgency in the north. Their statement:



    The CNRDR representing all the elements of the armed forces, defensive forces and security forces has decided to assume its responsibilities and end the incompetent and disavowed regime of (President) Amadou Toumani Toure. All the institutions of the republic are dissolved until further notice. ... The objective of the CNRDR does not in any way aim to confiscate power, and we solemnly swear to return power to a democratically elected president as soon as national unity and territorial integrity are established.


 

The series of events that culminated in the coup began on Wednesday morning at a military camp in the capital, during a visit by Defense Minister Gen. Sadio Gassama. In his speech to the troops, the minister failed to address the grievances of the rank-and-file soldiers, who are angry over what they say is the government's mismanagement of a rebellion in the north by Tuareg separatists. The rebellion has claimed the lives of numerous soldiers, and those sent to fight are not given sufficient supplies, including arms or food. Their widows have not received compensation.
Recruits started firing into the air Wednesday, and they stoned the general's car as it raced away. By afternoon, soldiers had surrounded the state television station in central Bamako, yanking both the television and radio signals off the air for more than 7 hours. By Wednesday evening, troops had started rioting at a military garrison located in the northern town of Gao, some 2,000 miles away.
A freelance journalist from Sweden who was driving to her hotel near the TV station at around 4 p.m. local time on Wednesday, said that trucks full of soldiers had surrounded the state broadcaster.
"We saw a couple of trucks, with military on them. They came and started setting up checkpoints. There were military in the streets, stopping people," said Katarina Hoije. "When we reached our hotel which is just in front of the TV station, there were lots of military outside, and more cars kept arriving -- pickup trucks with soldiers on them."
She said that they set up two machine guns facing the building.
In Washington, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said: "The situation is currently unclear and unfolding quickly," she said. "There are reports of military forces surrounding the presidential palace and movement of vehicles between the palace and the military barracks."
The Tuareg uprising that began in mid-January is being fueled by arms leftover from the civil war in neighboring Libya. Tens of thousands of people have fled the north, and refugees have spilled over into four of the countries neighboring Mali due to the uprising.
The government has not disclosed how many soldiers have been killed, but the toll has been significant. In February, military widows led a protest. In an attempt to diffuse tension, the Malian president allowed himself to be filmed meeting the widows, who publicly grilled him on his handling of the rebellion.


Posted: at 22-03-2012 10:53 AM (11 years ago) | Addicted Hero
- Idbabe at 22-03-2012 11:19 AM (11 years ago)
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dem try
Posted: at 22-03-2012 11:19 AM (11 years ago) | Hero
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- Wandeay at 22-03-2012 11:32 AM (11 years ago)
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if 2 say 9ja, i go tnk God wel wel, @least, they wl b able 2 curb boko haram and all other 9ja goat called aboki
Posted: at 22-03-2012 11:32 AM (11 years ago) | Newbie
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- Bachelorette at 22-03-2012 11:37 AM (11 years ago)
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Quote from: Wandeay on 22-03-2012 11:32 AM
if 2 say 9ja, i go tnk God wel wel, @least, they wl b able 2 curb boko haram and all other 9ja goat called aboki


Na wetin go happen soon, maybe 2015, and dat will lead to the Division of the country.

Posted: at 22-03-2012 11:37 AM (11 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Unikpearl at 22-03-2012 11:44 AM (11 years ago)
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Military regime power
Posted: at 22-03-2012 11:44 AM (11 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- bafyguy at 22-03-2012 11:50 AM (11 years ago)
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Nor be small thing oooo
Posted: at 22-03-2012 11:50 AM (11 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- kris9ice2u at 22-03-2012 12:02 PM (11 years ago)
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WE NEVA SOLVE GBEGE WE DEY NAIJA U DON CARRY US GO MALI Grin Grin Grin Grin
Posted: at 22-03-2012 12:02 PM (11 years ago) | Newbie
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- malvin2525 at 22-03-2012 12:35 PM (11 years ago)
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 Sad
Posted: at 22-03-2012 12:35 PM (11 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- miles09 at 22-03-2012 12:43 PM (11 years ago)
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na coré?
Posted: at 22-03-2012 12:43 PM (11 years ago) | Upcoming
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- IqquodNineJar at 22-03-2012 12:50 PM (11 years ago)
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This is exactly what Nigeria needs - Incompetence na disease-o.
Posted: at 22-03-2012 12:50 PM (11 years ago) | Newbie
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- verah at 22-03-2012 12:54 PM (11 years ago)
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hw i wish this happened in naija... bokoharam fr regret their lifes

Posted: at 22-03-2012 12:54 PM (11 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Eyanyi at 22-03-2012 12:55 PM (11 years ago)
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When are we going to grow up in Africa
Posted: at 22-03-2012 12:55 PM (11 years ago) | Upcoming
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- lanudja at 22-03-2012 12:57 PM (11 years ago)
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 Shocked Shocked Shocked
Posted: at 22-03-2012 12:57 PM (11 years ago) | Hero
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- Eyanyi at 22-03-2012 12:59 PM (11 years ago)
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I bow for them ooo
Posted: at 22-03-2012 12:59 PM (11 years ago) | Upcoming
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- Eyanyi at 22-03-2012 01:02 PM (11 years ago)
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How many times  unah want post am
Posted: at 22-03-2012 01:02 PM (11 years ago) | Upcoming
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- zoe61 at 22-03-2012 01:09 PM (11 years ago)
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i think that is what 9ja need so that they will kill all those corrupt poilticans
Posted: at 22-03-2012 01:09 PM (11 years ago) | Hero
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- EMMYBOSS at 22-03-2012 01:13 PM (11 years ago)
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OK NA
Posted: at 22-03-2012 01:13 PM (11 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- open_reality at 22-03-2012 01:15 PM (11 years ago)
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So shall we take over our country and leave the Aboki's to rot in hell. Their days are numbered.

Posted: at 22-03-2012 01:15 PM (11 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- open_reality at 22-03-2012 01:16 PM (11 years ago)
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Quote from: zoe61 on 22-03-2012 01:09 PM
i think that is what 9ja need so that they will kill all those corrupt poilticans

Plus boko haram Cool Cool

Posted: at 22-03-2012 01:16 PM (11 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- DHash at 22-03-2012 01:29 PM (11 years ago)
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 Lips Sealed Lips Sealed Lips Sealed
Posted: at 22-03-2012 01:29 PM (11 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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