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France: Malian diaspora in Paris protest against embargo, call for govt transition

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Members of the Malian diaspora in France protested against the embargo on the African nation and in favor of a government transition in front of the Malian embassy in Paris on Saturday.

During the protest, demonstrators condemned the sanctions imposed on the country by ECOWAS, the West African regional organisation, and French interference.

“Africans are great people who have sites, who have the possibility of choosing their partners, have a conscience and from now on, no one will tell Africans what they should be doing,” explained protest organiser Hery.

In September 2020, soldiers led by Colonel Assimi Goïta came to power in the African country following a military coup.

The group promised that new elections would take place within eighteen months, a promise which was ultimately broken leading to ECOWAS imposing new sanctions on Mali.

Similar protests took place in front of other Malian embassies across Europe and on other continents.

SOT, Hery, Protest organiser (French): “We are here in support of Mali which has been severely sanctioned by ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States). There were quick reactions, in particular those of Kemi Seba, the president of the NGO Pan-Africanist Emergency who called for an international mobilization for this Saturday, January 22. This mobilization is taking place in America, it’s taking place in the Caribbeans. It is of course taking place in the diaspora here in Europe and also on the African continent. Something happened at the level of the African community and the afro descendants in general. A kind of movement of empathy around Mali. What is happening in Mali is not an issue strictly related to Mali, it is an African matter.”

SOT, Hery, Protest organiser (French): “All the Afro-descendants and even people tell me all the anti-imperialist activists are concerned with what is happening and wanted to notify the African ruling elites who do not represent the African populations, that it is out of the question that Mali should be left alone, as the people of Ivory Coast were left to Gbagbo in 2011, as Libya was to Gaddafi recently. It is a matter of showing that this time, there is another Africa, an Africa which rises and which wants that one respects its aspirations. Africans are great people who have sites, who have the possibility of choosing their partners, have a conscience and from now on, no one will tell Africans what they should be doing.”

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