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The dispersal of a demonstration organised by the opposition this weekend has left people injured.
The EU reiterates the importance of respect for fundamental freedoms, in particular the freedom of expression, during the election period. Demonstrations must be peaceful and all actors, including the police, are called on to exercise restraint.
It is important that the 2018 presidential election be held in peaceful, credible, transparent and inclusive conditions in order to strengthen Mali's stability. The EU will remain fully committed to contribute through, inter alia, the deployment of an election observation mission.