Continued unrest has been reported in Bamako on Monday, July 13. The US Embassy has received reports of protests occurring in the Badalabougou area of the city, where small arms fire has also been heard. Reports suggest that local youths are clashing with security forces amid attempts to construct a roadblock. A number of main roads within the city remain blocked.
Further spontaneous unrest, with associated clashes between protesters and security forces, in addition to disruptions to business and transport, are expected in the city in the near term.
Security forces arrested and subsequently released several leaders of the June 5 Movement following unrest, which occurred on Friday, July 10, and Saturday, July 11. Clashes broke out between police and anti-government protesters on Friday, with live ammunition being used to disperse crowds who had marched on parliament and the national television station. Violent unrest mostly subsided by Sunday, July 12, and the movement's leader, Imam Mahmoud Dicko, appealed for calm during a funeral for activists killed during the unrest. At least 11 people were killed and 124 others wounded during the protests and subsequent clashes. President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta's has attempted to de-escalate tensions through announcing the dissolution of the constitutional court, which was the center of a legal controversy over the results for the parliamentary elections in March.
Anti-government protests have been reported across the country, notably in Bamako, Sikasso, Bougouni, Kati, Yanfolila, Mopti, and Nioro since May. The legislative elections in March gave a majority to President 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.
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.
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