Top leader in the Mali protests is freed, denouncing his arrest as assassination attempt, after three days of unrest in the country.
The leader was kidnapped at his home and forced to sleep for two days in an isolated place, unsanitary room with no food, no contact.
The Mali authorities on Monday set free the political rivals whom security personnel had been arrested. This happens following the current violent protest in the country against the sitting president. The detention tried to ease the county’s hot grounds of political tensions arising from the protests.
“I wasn’t arrested, I was kidnapped. They came for me at 11:00pm, banged on the door and disguised themselves a part of the family. They came in, took me out of my living room almost naked and drove me away. In the last two days I have slept in an unsanitary washroom with no food, no contact, in total isolation. So for me it was an assassination attempt,”
says the leader, Kaou Djim while narrating his arrest.
During this time, the protest leader says that he was confident because he had acquired support from the people. In what they calls peaceful protest, the leader says he still remained peaceful. And in the republican spirit for the president to resign.
The leader says Malian citizens wants President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to resign. The massive protests on the roads should tell you people wants change. But this should be peaceful and democratic. The people did not go into protests to die, arrested and released for the sake, they want change.
For three days now there’s constant protests in the capital, Bamako. It is a chaotic atmosphere as the clash broke out between stone throwing protesters and the police.
For the past few days, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita is on a hot seat following huge waves of protests building as a result of the delayed parliamentary poll. With which the public knows he is responsible for due to his poor handling of Mali’s jihadist insurgency.
President Ibrahim Boubacar, who is 75 years old has been in power for 7 years seven years since his election in 2013.
A rally on Friday last week demanding Keita to leave the office turned chaotic. This is after angry protesters blocked roads, bridges, attacked the state broadcaster premises and the parliamentary building. The counter attacks with the police has led to eleven deaths. And 124 serious injuries since the protest started in the country.