Pro­test­ers call for gov­ern­ment res­ig­na­tions after shoot­ings

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Pro­test­ers in Mali’s north­ern city of Gao on Wed­nes­day called for the res­ig­na­tion of the re­gion’s gov­er­nor and the na­tional se­cu­rity min­is­ter a day after three peo­ple were killed when se­cu­rity forces opened fire on a demon­stra­tion there.

The gov­ern­ment has promised to open an in­quiry into the in­ci­dent, which saw at least 31 oth­ers in­jured and ex­posed the fragility of ef­forts to im­ple­ment a year-old peace deal and sta­bi­lize the West African na­tion’s trou­bled north.

The pro­test­ers, some of whom burned tyres and threw stones at po­lice, were an­gered by the in­tro­duc­tion of a new in­terim au­thor­i­ties who are due to take charge of the re­gion on Fri­day in line with the terms of the peace agree­ment.

After ini­tially at­tempt­ing to dis­perse the crowd with tear­gas, se­cu­rity forces shot at the pro­test­ers, wit­nesses said.

“We’re call­ing for the im­me­di­ate de­par­ture of the gov­er­nor (of Gao), the se­cu­rity min­is­ter and the heads of the po­lice, the gen­darmes and the army in Gao,” said Amadou Sarr, a leader of a lo­cal vig­i­lante group who helped or­ga­nize the demon­stra­tion.

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