Skip to comments.Renegade Mali soldiers announce takeover
Posted on 03/22/2012 1:07:19 PM PDT by JerseyanExile
Rebel troops have appeared on Malian state TV to announce they have seized control of the country, hours after attacking the presidential palace.
The soldiers said a nationwide curfew was in force and that the constitution had been suspended.
The troops, who staged a mutiny on Wednesday, say the government is not giving them enough arms to tackle a rebellion by ethnic Tuaregs.
West African regional body Ecowas has condemned the actions of the troops.
In a statement, it said it had followed the situation with "dismay and mounting concern", describing the behaviour of the mutinous soldiers as "reprehensible" and "misguided".
A source told the BBC that the foreign minister and a number of other ministers have been arrested.
On Wednesday the mutineers had taken over the state radio and TV broadcaster in Bamako and took it off air.
After several hours of footage of traditional Malian music and dancing, a group of soldiers appeared on screen early on Thursday morning, with a caption identifying them as the "Committee for the Re-establishment of Democracy and the Restoration of the State".
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Darn. I thought it was the WH.
Their vote in the U.N. General Assembly is worth exactly as much as the U.S.
Another African $hithole. Wouldn’t be surprised if we end up there.
As another post earlier mentioned the rebels in Mali got a big boost from the fallout in Libya.
“Mali Haiiiiiiiiiii.......”, wait.
Nothing to gain, everything to lose...that’s a democrat war alright.
Are Muslims involved?
Mali had a coup back in the early 1990s that really did establish a Democratic form of government.
The Islamic insurgancy in the North has been building for years and if the pro-Democracy forces in the South are the ones who led this coup, then it could be another chance for Democracy.
Maybe. Possibly. But “wait and see” is still the prudent thing to do.
Malia has led a coup and is now running the US!
Couldn’t be worse than we have now.
The north part of the country, centered around Timbuctou, is Muslim, almost 100%. The southern part of the country, centered around Bamako (the capital), is a mix of Christian and Muslim, and is very moderate in their views.
The northern region has been stirring up problems for years now and the violence and lawlessness has creeped further and further south.
We can dream
If we had a military Coup, the Totus would call it a Coupe.
"Good golly, Miss Mali, what do you think of this coup?"
90% of the population is Muslim (mostly moderate and secular).
Military coup in Africa?
Sun also came up in the east today.
I was more surprised.