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Africa’s first coup d’état? A history of Niger’s Sawaba movement

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The Yearning for Relief by Klaas van Walraven

In a new book on Niger, Dutch author Klaas van Walraven charts the history of what he calls Africa’s first coup d’état. The Sawaba movement, formed in 1954, was opposed to French colonial rule and pushed for independence. It developed into a militant social movement, aligned with Eastern bloc states, as well as Algeria and Ghana. But it was stopped in its tracks, repressed by France’s fifth republic. Can we really call this Africa’s first coup?

Radio France Internationale

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Written by Daniel Finnan

24 February 2013 at 13:45