Susanna Flood, Amnesty International’s Director of Media, blogs from Bangui
There is hatred in their eyes as they spit their words out at you: “Djotodia doit partir”, Michel Djotodia, transitional President of the Central African Republic, “must go”.
These same words were emblazoned in graffiti on walls around a small unremarkable mosque near the Assemblée Nationale, on the Avenue de l’Independence – one of Bangui’s principal roads that is heavily patrolled by the French, African (members of the Multinational Force for Central Africa – FOMAC) and ex-Seleka troops, where a revenge mob had gathered.
They had burned the mosque, as well as the Imam’s house. And they were running riot, removing anything that could be taken from the building.
They pulled the corrugated iron from the roof and fled with their trophies into the neighbouring quarter of Fouh.
Others, men and women together, gathered in the dusty grounds, shouting encouragement to the mob, beating at the walls with whatever instruments they could find or writing their graffiti in large letters on the remaining walls, declaring their hatred of the president.