Thousands of protesters continue to take to the streets of Bamako, Mali, to call for the resignation of the country’s President.
The ongoing protests have only been rising by the day as countless Malians came out in droves against what they call ‘a puppet regime’.
Protesters call for a total overhaul
The protesters are demanding reform in the economic and political situation in the country.
Furthermore, they also called for the end of French military presence and UN Peacekeeping troops in the country.
The protests, a coalition of opposition groups, is led by the imam, Mohamoud Dicko.
Despite assurances from President Keita about forming an inclusive government with opposition leaders, the protests have been ongoing.
Ongoing instability from insurgents
The unrest comes after long periods of instability in Mali even after Keita’s election in 2013.
The worsening of the economy, as well as swelling coronavirus cases and cases of rampant corruption, seem to have driven Malians to the wall.
The news comes just days after Militia men ambushed a convoy and killed 24 soldiers. The Islamist insurgents have led to sustained periods of instability in Mali since 2012.
The violence has cost thousands of lives in the north of Mali and has spread to neighbouring countries Niger and Burkina Faso.
President Keita became the first democratically elected leader in Mali in 2013. However, his regime has not been made better by the insurgents.
He then secured a second-year term in 2018. However, his second term has only seen the situation in the country deteriorate further.
Mali is a mineral-rich nation but grapples with imperialist interest from many western nations which use their influence over home regimes to exploit them.
The protests have been turning out in large numbers from the 5th of June with similar demands. And it seems that the protesters will likely continue with the protests until their demands are met.
So far, Mali has 1,923 COVID infections, 108 deaths and 1,217 recoveries.