Malians demand order after coup

2012-03-26 14:14

Bamako - Demonstrators in Mali's capital are demanding a return to constitutional order days after mutinous soldiers claimed power in a coup.

About a thousand people, including members of youth movements and political parties, gathered on Monday in central Bamako.

Some of the youth groups threatened to march on state TV and radio headquarters, which are under the junta's control.

Junta spokesperson Lieutenant Amadou Konare on Sunday warned demonstrators to "exercise prudence" on Monday, which marks the 21-year anniversary of the last coup.

Soldiers surrounded the presidential palace on Wednesday and took power overnight.

The ouster of President Amadou Toumani Toure just two months before he was to step down after elections threatens the cause of democracy.