On Sunday night the deadline set by the Economic Community of West African States expires. Nearly 30,000 supporters of the coup in Niger demonstrated and called for the immediate withdrawal of French counterterrorism forces and the nationalization of uranium.
Nearly 30,000 supporters of the coup in Niger have gathered in a stadium in the capital.
On Sunday night the deadline set by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) expires for the military to relinquish control of the country or face a possible armed intervention.
The coup military junta has asked Wagner for help while breaking security ties with France.
The protesters called for the immediate withdrawal of French and Western counter-terrorism forces, and demanded the nationalization of Niger’s uranium mines.
“We want peace, no aggression from foreign countries against another country. We are brothers and those who are here are normal citizens. Only being able to eat is a problem for us. So if there is a war that will not fix anything; that is why we have come here.” said Mohamed Noali, a resident of Niamey.
The Senate of neighboring Nigeria has opposed the ECOWAS plan, urging the Nigerian president, the bloc’s current chairman, on Saturday to explore options other than the use of force.
ECOWAS can still go ahead as final decisions are made by consensus among member states.
The coup junta announced that all military actions against the country will have “an immediate response and without notice” from its Army.
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