The junta today called for a large street mobilization to protest ECOWAS sanctions on Friday, January 14. According to reports, the march began at 1:00 p.m. Bamako time. In the streets of the capital, many people came out to support the transitional authorities. This day, considered a test for Colonel Assimi Goita, can be considered a success. The marchers gathered at the Place de l’Indépendance. A huge crowd that seems more than ever ready to support the transition. The meeting, which is still in progress, is attended by several members of the transitional government.
It is important to remember that the sanctions taken by ECOWAS, notably the suspension of commercial and financial transactions, directly impact the population. Sanctions that Malian authorities find « unfair » and « excessive ». The demonstrations are not simply limited to the country, as Africans in the United States have gathered in support of the Malian people.
It should be remembered that another demonstration will be organized on January 22, this time in support of the people of Mali, in response to a call by Pan-Africanist Kémi Seba.