10.09.2012

Morning Headlines across Africa: Hollande Reaffirms logistical Support to Mali, Nigerian Soldiers Kill 30, Kenyan Protesters Met with Tear-gas

Ban Ki-moon has called for the immediate release of 6 French hostages taken by AQIM and 6 other hostages that were kidnapped over the past 2 years. Meanwhile, Fran├žois Hollande reaffirms his commitment for supporting an intervention in Mali logistically, materially, and politically.

Down in Johannesburg, 20,000 people attended the annual Gay Pride parade, but not all went as planned when politics interfered 
…activists accused Joburg Pride organisers of running a depoliticised, elitist, commercialised event totally divorced from what the real function of Pride should be. Joburg Pride organisers have accused the activists of ambushing a well-run event, behaving deliberately provocatively in order to make a stir, and committing the cardinal sin of airing the gay community's dirty laundry in full view of all the heterosexuals. But such a spat has been building for some time, and the fracas is simply showing up community divides which have been there all along.
In Libya, the militia thought to be responsible for Ambassador Steven’s death, Ansar al-Sharia, has fled to the forested east of the country.

This morning, Kenyans who protested against the 2 billion shilling bonuses that Parliamentarians awarded themselves were met with tear-gas:
The demonstrators, waving placards with messages such as "MPs are thieves" and "greedy hyenas", marched from near Hilton and Kencom bus stop to Parliament.
One of those who mobilised and organised the demo Robert Alai said they wanted to let the MPs to know the public mood is against their moves.
Both groups planned to stop at Parliament to hand over their petition but that was cut short by the teargas that was thrown at them.

Lastly, in response to a bomb blast that killed an army lieutenant in Maiduguri, Nigeria, soldiers killed more than 30 civilians and burnt around 50 homes:
Nigerian soldiers have shot dead more than 30 civilians in the northeastern city of Maiduguri after a bomb blast struck their convoy…
Monday's attack was carried out by soldiers attached to a special army unit policing Maiduguri.
The journalist saw no weapons or evidence that the dead belonged to Boko Haram, which has concentrated its attacks mainly in the predominantly Muslim north.
A soldier nearby, who did not identify himself, claimed the attack was a response to a bombing nearby on Monday that he said killed an army lieutenant.
The AP reporter said he saw about 50 homes as well as businesses burnt by soldiers. The premises are near the Nigerian Union of Journalists state office and other buildings in Maiduguri.

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