September 17, 2021

Financial officials condemned the police protest that freed the prison commander.

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Mali’s interim government on Saturday condemned an armed police protest that led to the release of a Special Forces commander detained last year for allegedly using brutal force to quell the protests.

In a statement on state television, the government said “demonstrators in uniform and armed men took to the streets” were “reprehensible”.

He said the fight against amnesty would continue.

Suspected police officers marched on a jail in the capital, Bamako, on Friday, when a special forces commander was arrested as part of a murder investigation. Protesters in 2020.

Detained commander Omar Samaka was in jail for only a few hours before his release, in conditions that are not yet clear.

When police arrived at the jail, the guards moved aside, a prison official told AFP.

However, a Justice Ministry official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the government had ordered his release “for the sake of peace”.

The issue has sparked outrage at home. Financial, Where a human rights group called it a major attack on democracy and the rule of law, and former Prime Minister Musa Mara said he was “notorious.”

The Malian government insisted that an investigation into the 2020 massacre was under way, and urged security forces to “respect the authority of the state.”

Smacky was detained last year for allegedly playing a role in deadly clashes between security forces and opponents of former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. Wave of protest Which eventually led to the extinction of Keta.

On July 10, 2020, a similar protest sparked several days of deadly unrest.

Mali’s political opposition said at the time that 23 people had been killed. The United Nations says 14 protesters, including two children, have been killed.

Political instability.

A year later, the scandal involving Samaka’s detention points to deep political instability in Mali.

Tea Keta was deposed by the army. After weeks of protests in August 2020, due to complaints about corruption and the long-running jihadist conflict in Mali.

Military officers then formed a civilian-led interim government to move Mali toward democratic rule.

But military leader Colonel Asimi Goeta ousted the civilian leaders in a second coup in May.

Goethe has vowed to restore civilian rule and the stage. Elections in February Next year.

There are doubts as to whether elections can be held in such a short time.

Mali is struggling to quell a brutal jihadist insurgency that erupted in 2012 and left the wider nation out of government control.

(AFP)

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