Several hundred Malians gathered Friday in Bamako to support the junta, the army and the military cooperation with the Russians, denounced by the West. AfricaNews reports that the various organizations that had called to gather on the Independence Square also had in their sights the West African sanctions still in force against Mali and the presence on Malian territory of thousands of peacekeepers of the UN mission, MINUSMA whose mandate is subject to renewal in June. Meanwhile Hundreds of Chadians joined anti-French protests called by the opposition coalition Wakit Tama on Saturday, denouncing France’s military presence in the country and support for transitional President Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno, who has been in power since his father’s death in 2021.