antiterrorist violence

Antiterrorist Special Forces used to quell Mali’s protests under scrutiny

By Baba Ahmed, in Bamako

Posted on July 16, 2020 15:37

Servicemen from the Antiterrorist Special Forces (FORSAT) were deployed in response to protesters in Bamako, leading to clashes which left at least 12 people dead and 164 injured.

Who ordered FORSAT’s intervention? The controversy is mounting in Mali.

A few days after demonstrations against President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta left at least 12 people dead and 164 injured, and as opposition leaders under the banner of the June Movement – Rally of Patriotic Forces (M5-RFP) planned to organise a gathering to pay homage to the victims this Friday in Bamako, the controversy over the involvement of Antiterrorist Special Forces (FORSAT) units in the crackdown against protesters continues to build.

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On Tuesday, in a confidential, sternly-worded letter addressed to Salif Traoré, Minister of Security and Civil Protection – who resigned on 11 June – and marked as “urgent”, Prime Minister Boubou Cissé’s chief of staff, Amadou Ousmane Touré, requested a number of clarifications.