Mali: Supporters of Imam Mahmoud Dicko protect him from arrest

Since July 11, several demonstrators have gathered in front of Imam Mahmoud Dicko’s home in Badalabougou to prevent his possible arrest.

Violent clashes took place all Saturday evening between the population and the special police forces who were trying to surround the house of the former President of the High Islamic Council of Mali.

“17 people were killed,” said Ahmadou N’Douga Maïga, the CMAS communications officer in a video.

At the start of the wave of arrests of M5RFP leaders, several Malians went to Imam Street where police units were headed. The crowd remained at the scene despite live ammunition on the night of July 11.

This Sunday, the tension is still high and the mobilization continues. Mahmoud Dicko’s supporters vow to leave the Imam at the cost of their lives


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