Why Are Protestors In Ethiopia And Mali Waving Russian Flags?

Why Are Protestors In Ethiopia And Mali Waving Russian Flags?

More than 10,000 people gathered in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, to protest the U.S. meddling in the country's affairs.

Andrew H. Sweet
Andrew H. Sweet
  • Washington announced sanctions on several Ethiopian and Eritrean officials over the conflict in the Tigray region last week.
  • Demonstrators also carried banners bearing the photos of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping, as they chanted against ‘America’s aggression.’
  • It was the second time in three days that Russia, which had had a limited role in Africa until its 2017 intervention in the Central African Republic, was receiving favorable sentiments at a political rally in Africa.
  • Protestors at a pro-army march in Bamako, Mali’s capital, on Thursday waved Russian flags as they showed support for Colonel Assimi Goita, who declared himself President after dismissing transitional leader Bah Ndaw.
  • They also waved placards denouncing former colonial ruler France, which maintains a sizeable military presence in the Sahel country beset by coups and a militant insurgency.

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