In a blatant coup attempt, the military in Gabon has taken over the state radio while calling on the people to “rise up” ahead of the formation of a “national restoration council”.
It was garnered through news reports from the AFP that gunshots were heard around the headquarters of the state television in the centre of the capital of Gabon, Libreville around the time the message was broadcasted at 6:30 am.
Military vehicles also blocked access to the boulevard where the offices are located.
The message was read on state radio by a person who identified himself as the Deputy Commander of the Republican Guard and head of the Patriotic Youth Movement of the Gabonese Defence and Security Forces.
The video message which was read in the French language depicted three soldiers clad in the green beret of the Republican Guard.
The movement “calls on all young people from forces for the defence and security and Gabonese young people to join us,” the officer said, announcing that a “national restoration council” would be formed.
The statement continues, “We cannot abandon our homeland.
“The eagerly awaited day has arrived when the army has decided to put itself on the side of the people in order to save Gabon from chaos.
“If you are eating, stop; if you are having a drink, stop; if you are sleeping, wake up. Wake up your neighbours… rise up as one and take control of the street.”
He called on people to occupy public buildings and airports throughout the country.
The President of Gabon, Ali Bongo has been recovering in Rabat, capital of Morocco, and hasn’t stepped into the West African country since falling ill in Saudi Arabia on October 24.
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