Bamako, 15 July, 2020 / 8:03 pm (ACI Africa).
Religious leaders in the West African nation of Mali have appealed for calm and peaceful dialogue following days of violent protests and unrest in the country’s capital, Bamako.
On Friday, July 10, members of the so-called “June 5th movement” who are calling for the resignation of Mali’s President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, and the creation of a transitional government clashed with security agencies leading to at least 11 fatalities and more than 100 others injured, Aljazeera reported.
“We are greatly concerned about the upsurge in violence in Bamako. We use this opportunity to launch an appeal for peace, with regard to all the damages caused. Mali does not deserve what is happening now,” Jean Cardinal Zerbo told Mali’s National Radio and Television, ORTM, Tuesday, July 14.
“What happened last Friday and which continues today in the nation’s capital Bamako is a cause for concern,” Cardinal Zerbo said in reference to street protests by members of the so-called “June 5th movement” and added, “Inciting people to engage in violence which we see the consequences today is unacceptable. We can only resort to God’s clemency for all the atrocities committed during these protests.”
The Malian Prelate has invited parties in conflict to dialogue saying, “The warring parties should engage in a fruitful dialogue to seek lasting solutions to the problems affecting the nation.”