UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — A thousand people demonstrated Saturday in Niamey against French and American military bases in Niger, which are accused of not acting against attacks by bloody jihadists, a journalist was quoted by AFP.
The demonstrators marched through the streets of the capital to the tune of local music to the Nigerian army, chanting “Niger lived, the Nigerian army lived” before their gathering before the parliament.
“Falling foreign military bases,” “Down with the French army,” “Down with the American army,” “Down with the jihadists and Bucco haram,” the demonstrators, who were especially composed of students and students who responded to the call of their union, the Union of Nigerian Students.
“Our land has been independent since August 3, 1960,” he wrote on the banners.
“We do not see the added value of these military bases because our country is vulnerable to daily attacks,” Capt. Eder al-Kabid told AFP.
He pointed out that these attacks can be avoided if there is “sincere cooperation and support” by foreign armies.
He explained that the demonstration is “licensed by the municipality of Niamey”, which aims to “support our defense and security forces, which are the victims of repeated attacks, and the deaths and injuries.”
“The government must provide our forces with sufficient and appropriate means to ensure the country’s security and national sovereignty,” the student official said.
Lider al-Kabid said Friday that “these military bases, which are here only to disrupt our national sovereignty, should be removed.”
On 17 May, the Islamic State Organization adopted an attack in western Niger near Mali that killed 28 soldiers and adopted an unsuccessful break-in of a heavily guarded prison near the capital, with many jihadi prisoners.
– Strengthening cooperation –
Niamey, who is also facing the Nigerian Boko Haram group in the south, is justified by the presence of French and American troops on its territory to “secure borders” in the face of infiltration of jihadist groups coming from Mali.
“Without the information given to us by countries such as France, we will be almost blind,” Niger President Mohamed Yousufo said in 2014.
“The jihadis are trying to stand on their feet in Niger … We will fight to prevent them from being concentrated in Niger,” Defense Minister Kalla Moutari said last week.
Mottari visited Friday the French air base of Operation Barrakhan in Niamey, while French Ambassador to Niger Alexander Garcia said “we talked about ways to strengthen this (military) cooperation” between Niger and France.
In Niger, France has a base at Niamey airport, with unmanned aircraft and unmanned aircraft. As the French troops under Operation Burkhan base in Madama in the north of the country.
Niger has also allowed the construction of a large US base for drones in the northern city of Agadez, estimated to cost about $ 100 million, giving the United States a front-line monitoring and monitoring platform.
Niger recently allowed the United States to arm its drones.
Germany also has a logistics base in Niamey to supply its forces in Mali.
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