In the capital city of Niger, Niamey, people have gathered at a central square to show their support for the recent military coup. On the country’s independence anniversary, a coalition of civil society organizations called for citizens to denounce the sanctions imposed by Ecowas, the West African regional bloc. They warn that force could be used if President Mohamed Bazoum is not reinstated.
A significant crowd, mostly comprised of young men, has assembled at Independence Square. The atmosphere is filled with anti-French slogans, and a few Russian flags are also visible. Despite this show of support for the coup, many Nigeriens are against the overthrow of the President. Some believe that the coup was orchestrated by senior soldiers who were concerned about losing their positions and influence.
In the aftermath of the coup, there’s a growing trend of whipping up anti-French sentiment to justify the military’s power grab. This pattern is reminiscent of events in other West African countries like Mali and Burkina Faso, where coup leaders strengthened ties with Russia.
Journalist Amaury Hauchard has been capturing the scenes at the demonstration in Niamey, sharing stills and videos to document the unfolding events.