Mali putschists partially reopen airport days after seizing power; demonstrators protest coup
28 March 2012
Washington Post - March 26/27, 2012
BAMAKO, Mali — Mali’s coup leaders said Monday they are partially reopening the West African nation’s main airport even as demonstrators marched in the capital to protest last week’s putsch and demand a return to constitutional order.
Junta spokesman Lt. Amadou Konare warned demonstrators to “exercise prudence” on Monday, which marked the 21st anniversary of the last coup in this nation of 15.4 million at the bottom of the Sahara desert. He also said on national television the airport would be partially reopened from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m.
“The Malian airspace is open only for civilian transport from today,” he said, without giving further details.