By Wale Odunsi
The United Nations (UN) and other regional bodies have condemned the Malian government’s use of lethal force during protests calling on President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to resign.
Others are the European Union (EU), African Union (AU) and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
They told Keita to stop the killing of his people and free detained opposition leaders.
Latest mass demonstration turned bloody as police fired gunshots toward citizens who occupied state buildings in Bamako.
Malians want Keita out over his failure to quash violence by jihadist groups and ethnic militias, as well as the disputed March legislative elections.
Last Friday, the government admitted four people were killed.
The opposition accused the police of killing no less than eight more on Saturday.
“The organisations condemn the use of lethal force in the context of maintaining public order and invite all stakeholders to exercise restraint,” the statement said.
They added that M5-RFP leaders arrested over the weekend should be released, “to create the conditions for political dialogue”.