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Thousands Hold Protest in Mali to Demand Military Action

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Oct. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Several thousand people marched in Mali’s capital, Bamako, in support of military action against Islamist rebel groups that have seized the north of the country.

Protesters carried placards urging the Malian army to “go to the frontline,” while others called on the Economic Community of West African States, a regional body, to send soldiers.

“We have to save our country from the tragic situation it’s in,” Ibrahima N’Diaye, a spokesman for Front for the Republic and Democracy, a civil society group, told reporters in the capital today.

Malian leaders last month asked Ecowas for troops to help take back control of the north, which has been occupied by at least three different groups of Islamist fighters, including a group linked to al-Qaeda, since May.

To contact the reporter on this story: Diakaridia Dembele in Johannesburg at ddembele@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Emily Bowers at ebowers1@bloomberg.net

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