Il n'y a pas de coup d'état au Mali. Il y a juste une mutinerie dans la garnison de Kati...Pour preuve, j'emets du Palais de la Présidence. Des déserteurs et d'autres militaires qui ne veulent pas aller au front se sont mutinés...Démenti formel : Le Ministre de la Défense n'est ni blessé ni arrêté. Il est à son bureau où il poursuit calmement sa journée de travailToure claimed that there wasn't a coup and that it was just a mutiny by soldiers at an army garrison who did not want to go the Northern front to fight the Tuareg fighters. He claimed that the Ministry of defense was neither hurt nor arrested and that he was in his office doing his usual work. After that tweet, the twitter account stopped updating with information. One of Mali's national newspapers (L'essor) which was temporarily offline has now been restored, but has not been updated since the coup. The website linked to Toure's twitter account has also been removed. The whereabouts of Toure remain unknown.
For more background on the coup, Tuareg fighters, and the current situation in Mali, watch this Al Jazeera video, this BBC video which shows the army's announcement of take-over, and listen to the following podcast by UN Dispatch editor Mark Goldberg:
Malian Music's Message to Politics
Amadou et Mariam were the first African musicians I began listening to years and years ago - coincidentally, they are from Mali and often sing about Malian life and politics. When I heard about the coup, my mind immediately connected to two of their songs specifically: Ce N'est Pas Bon and Politic Amagni, both of which have very political messages.
The song Ce N'est Pas Bon (video above) says:
L'hypocrisie dans la politique, (Hypocrisy in politics)
Démagogie dans la politique, (Demagogy in politics)
Ce n'est pas bon. Ce n'est pas bon. Nous n'en voulons pas. (It's not good. It's not good. We don't want it)
La dictature dans la politique, (Dictators in politics)
Ce n'est pas bon...(It's not good...)
Politics needs blood, Politics needs cries
Politics needs Human Beings, Politics needs votes
That's why, my friend, it's evident
Politics is violence