Mali prisoners tortured with acid

French soldier in Mali with skull mask

This photo of a French Foreign Legion soldier, part of the invasion of Mali, shows the real face of that war.

That war is not “against Al Qaeda terrorism” (supported by the French government in Libya, and still in Syria). It is not for women’s rights, human rights or secularism.

It is in support of a military dictatorship.

It brings death, mainly to Malian civilians.

This war is a neo-colonial war.

From Associated Press:

Human Rights Watch: Malian soldiers inject suspected extremists with acid

March 26, 2013 4:11 PM

DAKAR, Senegal – An investigation by Human Rights Watch has found evidence that Mali’s military tortured seven men accused of links to the al-Qaida group that occupied the country’s north last year, prompting a French military intervention.

Human Rights Watch senior researcher Corinne Dufka spent hours interviewing each of the seven victims, all of whom showed visible signs of torture. All are from the Tuareg ethnic group, a community that has been the subject of increasingly violent reprisal attacks by Mali’s military due to the role prominent Tuaregs played in harbouring and aiding the extremists who invaded northern Mali.

The men described being injected with an acid-like substance which ate away their skin. They described being subjected to simulated drowning, akin to waterboarding. And they recalled being brutally beaten.

12 thoughts on “Mali prisoners tortured with acid

  1. I don’t know enough to confidently join your condemnation of the French intervention. I do know that the war is everything you say, and, alas, much more. Saharan vs sub-Saharan, brown v black, extreme Islamists (music forbidden! Women imprisoned in their homes) vs moderates; Tuareg vs Mande’. The Tuareg uprising dates back to before the installation of the dictatorship, which you properly condemn, and, as a hidden driver, we have global warming and desertification.


    • Hi Paul, more on the Mali war is at the Mali tag at this blog:

      The Tuareg movement is secular. The Mali military dictatorship now, with “war on terror” propaganda, starts ethnic cleansing against northerners, the overwhelming majority of whom have nothing to do with Al Qaeda. Al Qaeda are now in Mali because of their enhanced status as NATO allies in the war in Libya (which they still are in Syria). “Humanitarian” wars exist only in propaganda to fool the people in NATO countries.


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