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01 Jul 2020 | 09:04 PM UTC

Mali: Political demonstration planned in Bamako for July 2

Mali News Alert

The Union for the Republic and Democracy (URD) political party calls for protests in Bamako for July 2; avoid all demonstrations

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/1/2020, 12:00 AM until 7/3/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Bamako). COUNTRY/REGION Mali, Bamako

Event

The Union for the Republic and Democracy (URD) political party has scheduled a protest in Bamako for Thursday, July 2. The demonstrators will demand government action in securing the release of the URD's president, Soumalia Cisse. Protesters will gather at the Bourse du Travail from 14:00 (local time). A heightened security presence is expected around the protest, and localized traffic disruptions may occur near the protest site.

Further associated demonstrations are likely in the near term. 

Context

Anti-government protests and pro-government rallies have been reported across the country, notably in Bamako, Sikasso, Bougouni, Kati, Yanfolila, Mopti, and Nioro since May.

The elections gave a majority to President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta with the ruling Rassemblement pour le Mali (RPM) party winning 51 out of the 147 seats at the National Assembly. According to protesters, the results released on April 30 by the Constitutional Court do not match initial results released by the Ministry of the Territorial Administration, in which the ruling party won 43 seats.

Advice

Those in Mali are advised to keep abreast of the situation and sociopolitical climate and avoid all public gatherings due to the risk of exposure to potential crowd disturbances and incidental violence. The security environment in Mali remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel. Due to the underlying terrorist and kidnapping threats prevalent in the country,  travelers are advised to remain discreet regarding personal details, particularly information concerning nationality, employment, family, etc. Individuals are also advised to avoid public events and high-profile places frequented by Westerners, to remain vigilant at all times (especially in local markets, now used by terrorists as recruitment grounds), and to report any suspicious objects or behavior to security forces.

 

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