Nouakchott - Thousands of Mauritanian opposition activists staged a
march and sit-down protest in Nouakchott on Wednesday evening, calling
for former coup leader President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz to step down.
turnout was larger than on 02 May, when the demonstrators tried to
occupy a square in the centre of the capital before being dispersed by
At a meeting before the march, opposition leader
Moustapha Ould Bedredine warned demonstrators they could expect more of
"We know that the regime is again going to resort to repression, but we will resist peacefully," he said.
A police spokesperson said that a march and rally had been authorised, but not a sit-in.
opposition considers Aziz's administration to be a military regime. The
former general took part in a 2005 coup and another in 2008, which saw
him seize power.
He became the president of a transitional
authority, from which he resigned to contest and win 2009 elections, a
move condemned as a trick by the opposition.