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September 22-28, 2014

Weekly Media Monitoring report for Mali
Posted on September 29, 2014

Contents

Compiled by Myriam MÉNARD

  1. Mali Peace Talks suspended until mid-October
  2. Civil society marching against separatism and federalism in Gao, Timbuktu and Bamako

Mali Peace Talks suspended until mid-October
Privately owned media

L’Indicateur du Renouveau
“Sortie de crise : Les pourparlers d’Alger reprendront le 15 octobre prochain”, in French, 26 Sep 2014

  • The Algiers negotiations were suspended until October 15 on September 23, 2014. 
Social media

BABA AHMED, @Baba_A_, in French, 25 Sep 2014

  • #Mali: Armed groups of northern Mali and Bamako officials leave Algiers today. Negotiations will resume on October 17.

Civil society marching against separatism and federalism in Gao, Timbuktu and Bamako
State-owned media

L’Essor
“Tombouctou : Une grande marche pour s’opposer aux projets séparatistes”, Bamako, in French, 24 Sep 2014

  • A march was organized in Timbuktu on 21 September to protest against any proposed partition of the country. • According to organizers, about 12 000 to 13 000 people took part in the event.
  • Participants waved banners hostile to Azawad and chanted in chorus: “We do not agree, we reject partition, long live Mali as one and indivisible.”

Privately owned media

L’Indépendant
“En réaction aux discours séparatistes des groupes armés : Les populations de nord disent non au fédéralisme”, Bamako, in French, 23 Sep 2014

  • While armed groups present in Algiers continue to advocate for federalism, several civil society associations in northern Mali are mobilizing against separatists.
  • The Coordination of resistance movements in Gao – Gandakoy, Ganda Izo, MAA, youth and women associations – marched on 18 September to say no to any project of independence, federalism or autonomy. 
  • Inhabitants of Gao wanted to show that they are not supporting the separatist projects of armed groups present in Algiers.
  • During the march, a first in northern Mali since the beginning of the Algiers negotiations, people chanted slogans such as: “No to independence! Yes to the integrity of Mali! Long live the united Mali with all its diversity!”
  • Citizens of Timbuktu also marched on 21 September to say no to any project of autonomy or federalism.
  • They called for national unity and reaffirmed their commitment to territorial integrity.
  • Other marches should take place in coming days in several other locations across northern Mali.
  • Locals say they are determined to take to the streets to protest against any agreement that would not respect the integrity of Mali. 

Le Républicain
“Bamako a marché hier pour dire : - Non à l’Azawad – Non à l’indépendance – Non à l’autonomie – Non au fédéralisme”, in French, 26 Sep 2014

  • Thousands of people marched yesterday afternoon in Bamako for the unity of the country.
  • Observers were formal, never in years has a march mobilized so many people. 
Social Media

VANLEBEAU, @vanlebeau, in French, 25 Sep 2014

  • Today’s big march! @salifsanogo @PresidenceMali

MOHAMED OULD MAMOUNY, @OuldMamouny, in French, 25 Sep 2014

  • Civil society took the streets of #Bamako against any idea of division of or federalism in #Mali

MOHAMED OULD MAMOUNY, @OuldMamouny, in French, 25 Sep 2014

  • Civil society took the streets of Bamako, marching against any idea of division of or federalism in #Mali 2/2

KONATE MALICK, @konate90, in French, 25 Sep 2014

  • No to amalgam! No to discrimination! Yes to a Mali one an indivisible!

IBRAHIM, @sysawane, in French, 25 Sep 2014

  • It is the first time in the history of Mali that the population demonstrate this massively for the territorial integrity of Mali. #LongliveMali

IBRAHIM, @sysawane, in French, 25 Sep 2014

  • Malians massively demonstrated for the Unity of #Mali and warned those who want to divide us.

IBRAHIM, @sysawane, in French, 25 Sep 2014

  • Manifestation for the Unity of Mali RT @Bamakois: Whatever alpha is, #Mali is one and indivisible. 

SALIF SANOGO, @salifsanogo, in French, 26 Sep 2014

  • Big march in Timbuktu to say no to federalism and partition of Mali. #Mali Indivisible 

IBRAHIM, @sysawane, in French, 26 Sep 2014

  • #Timbuktu: Thousands of people demonstrated in the city of Timbuktu against autonomy, federalism

IBRAHIM, @sysawane, in French, 26 Sep 2014

  • More than 1 million demonstrators at the big march yesterday in Bamako against autonomy or federalism northern Mali
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