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Protest at French Embassy In Central African Republic

December 27, 2012 by  

Protest at French Embassy In Central African Republic, Angry protesters carrying clubs threw rocks at the French Embassy in Central African Republic, criticising the former colonial power for failing to do more to stem a rapid rebel advance as fears grew that the insurgents aim to seize the capital.

The demonstrations began earlier in the day outside the US Embassy before about 100 protesters then took to the French Embassy, carrying pieces of cardboard with messages that read: “No to war! No to France!”

“It’s France who colonised us – they should support us until the end. Unfortunately, they have done nothing. In this case, we are merely asking purely and simply that they leave our country,” shouted one young demonstrator in front of the French mission in Bangui.

The protesters then began stopping cars to verify whether any foreign nationals were inside.

“These people have taken down the French flag from its pole and removed it,” said Serge Mucetti, the French ambassador to Central African Republic.

“They have carried out stone-throwing in the area of the embassy and have broken windows. This kind of behaviour is unacceptable.”

Air France confirmed that its once-a-week flight to Bangui turned back because of protests at the French Embassy.

The decision was made independently by Air France, and the French government did not make the request, said an airline spokeswoman.

The French foreign ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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