A letter has been leaked that Malian prime minister Boubou Cissé’s office had sent to the minister of security and civil protection demanding an investigation into the deployment of the special counterterrorism force FORSAT during street protests on Friday, July 10. At least one person died—some say the death toll was four—and dozens were injured in the capital Bamako as the Mouvement du 5 Juin–Rassemblement des Forces Patriotiques (M5–RFP) kept up the pressure on President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta to resign. FORSAT servicemen were also involved in the arrest of six opposition and protest leaders on Friday and Saturday.
Malians calling for Keïta’s resignation are unhappy about disputed election results, corruption, the weakening economy, and the government’s handling of the jihadist insurgency. The brutal crackdown on protestors is in sharp contrast to Keïta’s claim that wants a peaceful outcome to the political crisis.
A delegation from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), led by former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan, met with M5–RFP representatives this past week, but the talks yielded no solution to the present crisis.