One person was killed and at least six injured in the town of Kéniéba in Mali’s southern Kayes region on 11 June after youths staged a violent protest in response to grievances against Randgold Resources, which operates the Loulo-Gounkoto gold mining complex.
Police used live ammunition and tear gas against protesters, who caused damage to local government property and set the prefect’s residence and office alight. Biometric voting cards for the 29 July presidential election were reportedly destroyed in the flames. Around 30 people were arrested. The violence was triggered by the dismissal of 15 employees who staged a sit-in against Randgold’s hiring conditions, and the perceived dismissive attitude of the local authorities to their grievances.
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