Thou­sands march to sup­port junta

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BAMAKO | Sev­eral thou­sand peo­ple took to the streets of Mali’s cap­i­tal in sup­port of the mil­i­tary takeover and a new con­sti­tu­tion.

Mali be­gan Wed­nes­day un­der a new con­sti­tu­tion writ­ten in haste by the lead­ers of last week’s mil­i­tary coup and read on state TV Tues­day night.

While the con­sti­tu­tion in­cludes many of the guar­an­tees of the for­mer law, in­clud­ing the guar­an­tees of free speech, the new mea­sures in­clude the cre­ation of a mil­i­tary-led coun­cil whose pres­i­dent is now Mali’s de facto head of state, Capt. Amadou Sanogo.

The United States, The Euro­pean Union and France have cut off all but es­sen­tial aid, and the West African re­gional bloc has

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