Share on Facebook Pinterest Share Email New research provides evidence that the psychological impact of racial incidents is related to White racial identity. The study suggests that those with a non-racist White identity tend to brush off negative race‐based experiences, while those who embrace supremacist attitudes or deny the significance of race are more likely to report distress.The findings appear in the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development.“As a Professor of Psychology, I study the psychological impact of racism on Black Americans and other people of Color. In some instances, experiences of racism can be so stressful that they meet criteria for traumatic stress or trauma,” explained study author Veronica E. Johnson, an assistant professor at City University of New York. “The impact of these experiences can be extremely harmful leading to intrusive thoughts about the incident (e.g., nightmares, flashbacks), avoidance (i.e., people and places that remind you of the incident), and hypervigilance, among other symptoms. I, along with my colleagues, were interested in this topic because we know that White American people make claims that they experience stressful racial incidents (e.g., reverse racism) but were unsure if the extent of the psychological impact of these incidents met the criteria for racial trauma.”In the study, 145 White adults completed a psychological assessment known as the Race-Based Traumatic Stress Symptom Scale. The participants were asked to describe three of the most memorable experiences of racism that had occurred in their lives. They then selected the one event that was the most memorable, and answered a series of yes/no questions about its impact.The most commonly cited events among the participants involved race-based verbal assaults — such as being called a “cracker.” The second most common event was experiencing racism vicariously.“We generally found that White Americans did not experience racial trauma. When Whites did report negative racial incidents, they tended to be vicarious experiences, where they were not the intended targets, such as witnessing a person of color experience racism, or violating racial rules (e.g., ‘Getting lost in a Black neighborhood and being told I was in the wrong area.’) These incidents rarely had a significant and adverse impact on psychological functioning. When racial incidents were psychologically impactful, they resulted in increased anger and hypervigilance,” Johnson told PsyPost. The participants in the study also completed the White Racial Identity Attitudes Scale, which examines how Whites understand racial relations and how they incorporate race into their self-concepts.“For the small number of White Americans who did report symptoms of racial trauma, they were also found to hold beliefs of White racial superiority and were generally naïve to systemic racism and White privilege. Therefore, it appears the White Americans most likely to complain of harm from racism, simply know little to nothing about it. Further, it may be that a belief in White racial superiority makes one particularly susceptible to White fragility, or expectations for comfort in cross-racial interactions and low tolerance for race-based stress,” Johnson explained.“Understanding the way in which a White American thinks about race is important. White Americans who endorse racial trauma do not have a complex understanding of race in the U.S. and thus may erroneously equate their racial experiences with psychological harm. However, White Americans with a complex understanding of race, appear to understand that racial discrimination, while uncomfortable for them, is not connected to harmful and dangerous consequences (e.g., being murdered by police, being fired from one’s job, etc.) like it is for Americans of color.”The study, “Race‐Based Stress in White Adults: Exploring the Role of White Racial Identity Status Attitudes and Type of Racial Events“, was authored by Robert T. Carter, Katheryn Roberson, and Veronica E. Johnson. LinkedIn Share on Twitter
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I was sad to see the numerous closed and “for sale” businesses and motels along Routes 30, 28 and 8.The pandemic has really done a number on the economy up there.Along the way, I observed many political signs for Trump, Stefanik and Tedisco. I saw no signs for Biden-Harris or Cobb.Coming home through Wells, I came up behind two vehicles from New Jersey. As we passed a Trump sign, two right arms with extended middle fingers appeared from the second vehicle.Two thoughts came to mind.First, those people, by that time, must’ve had very tired middle fingers. Second, there was another shining example from the self-proclaimed political party of civility and tolerance.Timothy J. O’NeillScotia Hinchey will provide strong leadershipIf we’ve learned anything during this pandemic, it’s that we need strong leadership in the capital and right here at home.We need someone who is actively on the ground and putting the people of our community first. Throughout the pandemic,Michelle Hinchey has been in every county volunteering to support people during this crisis, from small businesses to farmers. When she entered the race to be the next senator for the 46th New York State Senate District, Ms. Hinchey didn’t know it would be during a pandemic. However, she has risen to the occasion and has met the needs of the community.Recently, I was impressed by her virtual town hall on supporting first responders on the frontlines during the COVID-19 outbreak, and her commitment to continue working with them far beyond the pandemic.Ms. Hinchey has been proactive in her response and assistance to our community, reassuring us of her commitment to be on the ground hearing from people like you and me, while also fighting for us in Albany.Rachel RappazzoSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: No more extensions on vehicle inspectionsEDITORIAL: Don’t repeal bail reform law; Fix it the right wayEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsHIGH NOTES: PPEs, fighting hunger, backpacks and supplies for kidsEDITORIAL: Take a role in police reforms Most store bought thermometers are more accurate than + or – 5 degrees. Some of the broadcast meteorologists are not even using the airport reading, but the Pine Bush thermometer instead.My Davis thermometer, which had always been close to the airport readings (within a degree for a monthly mean), gave me an August average (of both high and low temperatures) 3.6 degrees warmer than the airport (72.4 F versus 68.8).By not replacing this thermometer and its cool readings, the NWS will taint not only our climate data but the measure of how much our planet is truly warming. They need to replace the thermometer and review the temperature records since July 17.Hugh JohnsonAlbanySome things are just too odd for wordsJust before Jimmy Kimmel was outed for his blackface appearances, he announced that he would be taking the summer off. After months of lockdown and doing his show from home, he explained that he wanted to spend more time with his family. I thought that was the world’s greatest knee slapper.Then I heard Andrew Cuomo was going to write a book on covid response. You just can’t make this stuff up.Michael ReillyNiskayuna Santabarbara spans the political divideIt’s great to see someone like Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara working with Democrats and Republicans to actually get things done at the state capitol.After the terrible crash in Schoharie, he was able to pass new laws needed to keep people safe in limousines. He also fought to get new legislation passed to make school buses safer.It’s also been so important to have such a strong advocate for special needs students during these times. Angelo has been able to get new bills passed to help people with disabilities. Too often, their needs are overlooked or just left out. Angelo is one of the few that can consistently get bills passed and signed into law with support from both political parties.Geraldine SzawielaSchenectadyJoy will fight to keep our freedoms intactThis past Monday was Labor Day. The last line of our national anthem, “land of the free and the home of the brave” comes to mind.To promote healing of our divided nation, President Lincoln freed all those held captive by slavery, free of body and free to enjoy constitutional freedoms denied them.The covid pandemic, subsequent health care crisis and state governors having temporary executive order powers denied citizens their constitutional rights. When will they be restored? Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWhy no outrage over the actual shootingsThe Gazette’s recent editorial page cartoon of the white policeman shooting a Black man in the back has caused quite the kerfuffle. There have been letters to the editor filled with vitriol, protests in front of the Gazette building, and even a resolution from a local town council demanding an apology.The cartoon was meant of course to evoke images of the shooting of Jacob Blake, as well as other cases of seemingly indefensible police violence against people of color. No thinking person should or would take the cartoon as an indictment of all police because such a blanket indictment would be patently absurd. The police are overwhelmingly defenders of justice, not perpetrators of injustice. And yet, that absurd interpretation of the cartoon seems to have taken hold.I haven’t counted the number of letters to the editor decrying this cartoon versus the number of letters protesting unnecessary police violence against George Floyd, Jacob Blake, Breonna Taylor and the many others too numerous to mention, but the reaction to the cartoon seems far greater and more vehement than reaction to the actual shootings. To quote the alien Mr. Spock from Star Trek when he observed human behavior that he couldn’t square with logic, I find this phenomenon “Fascinating.”Jerry JasinskiNiskayunaDisappointed by tall grass along bike pathA friend and I went biking on the Schenectady bike path from the college to Rotterdam during the beautiful Labor Day weekend. Our daily news media, no, not all of them, have captured pictures of protesters, a.k.a rioters, disrupting dinner parties at restaurants and demanding that the stressed-out patrons raise a fist-like salute in support of whatever the fancy of the day is. You know, all those raised-fist salutes remind me of what a certain German fascist leader required of his followers. Some things never change, do they.Allen R. RemaleySaratoga SpringsStefanik is no backer of law and orderI admit I am confused by Rep. Elise Stefanik’s claim that she supports law and order. I spent over 40 years carrying a badge. Her performance during the House hearings on Donald Trump’s impeachment was disgusting.She was unswayed by the facts or the law, and instead acted rather like a shady defense attorney. She personally attacked those who were trying to bring the truth to light. She blindly supported someone who belongs in jail. A man who steals from his tenants, cheats on his taxes, crucifies immigrants (but ignores the law to hire them at his businesses) blackmails other world leaders, tampers with witnesses, promises pardons to those who will break the law for him, is changing a proud national police agency to a political arm of his campaign by appointing a sleaze-ball to run it, orders police to attack non-violent protesters and media people, fires witnesses who tell the truth, threatens staff not to respond to requests of Congress to testify and even refuses to respond to legal subpoenas.The obvious solution to this is to replace the president and enablers like Stefanik. Voting for Joe Biden and Tedra Cobb this November is a start.Chris MorrellMaltaThe writer is a retired chief from the Saratoga County Sheriff’s office.Remove our unfit commander-in-chief“Losers and suckers.” This is the description by our “commander-in-chief” of our servicemen and women, our heroic military forces, who risk their lives every day to keep us safe. Merriam-Webster defines bravery as “showing mental or moral strength to face danger, fear and difficulty.” I add someone who puts the needs of others before self. Liz Joy, running for the the District 20 congressional seat, embodies these qualities.At great risk and personal harm, she fought off my daughter’s knife-wielding attacker. Reading my daughter’s medical record, medical professionals told her, “You shouldn’t be alive.”Once again, we are a nation divided. We need Liz’s character and commitment representing District 20. She will fight for our freedoms and foster bipartisan healing. Our nation’s future depends on you. Vote on Nov. 3.Once again, we are a nation divided. Liz Joy will fight to keep our freedoms intact and foster healing. Vote on Nov. 3.Fran UnderhillScotiaOld symbols get new life in today’s worldPlus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose! Roughly translated, it means that the more things change, the more they stay the same.Certain gestures or signs do call up the recognition of things past. Oh, sure, there are universals, those recognizable little configurations which have international meaning — the one-finger salute, the ‘V’ for victory or whatever. But lately, something else has caught my attention. We were totally disappointed in the fact that it has not been mowed in a long time. What happened? It was totally overgrown with weeds.We have been to a few other trails in other towns and they are mowed nicely.Come on Schenectady, you can do better than that.Judy ConnellyScotiaAirport must replace faulty thermometerOn July 17, the National Weather Service (NWS) replaced the thermometer sensor at the Albany International Airport, where the official temperatures are kept for the Greater Capital Region.It turned out that the sensor was likely reading around 3 degrees too low. According to the NWS standards, the acceptable tolerance for a thermometer is around + or – 5 degrees Fahrenheit (F).Meanwhile, many scientists argue that just a 3 degrees change in the overall earth temperature could begin to trigger extinction of many species, including mankind. Right now, the earth has warmed around 2 F in the past 50 or so years. Trump simply cannot fathom why anyone would serve this country for such low wages, subjecting themselves to injury and death.Clearly, he is no “loser.” Five deferments for fake bone spurs saved him from serving our country. Mr. “Make America Great Again” is no patriot. He is a phony, a despicable coward and a narcissist.It is no wonder he didn’t respond when Putin placed bounties on the heads of our servicemen and women. He sees them as losers; their lives don’t really matter. I cannot imagine how parents of soldiers and veterans feel about this disgusting, fraudulent “commander-in-chief.”In 2015. Trump called John McCain, a national war hero, a “loser” because he was captured — one more ugly wart on the grotesque soul of Donald Trump.We have a traitor, a serious threat to our national security, an enemy of America, in control of our safety and the lives of our heroic servicemen and women. It may be time for our citizens to “storm the Bastille” and forcefully remove this monster before he destroys America. I’ll make the trip.Vince DacquistoNiskayunaDemocrats show true colors on civilityI recently took a 190-mile motorcycle ride through the southern Adirondacks. The day was perfect, with moderate temperatures, partly cloudy skies, and few bugs. Everyone I encountered was friendly and courteous. Carmela JadaBurnt HillsWhat’s really best for unwanted children?Back in the early 1800s, there was no birth control and most people were farmers. If an unwanted child was born, it would be spoken for by a neighboring farm family, who would raise it as their own.After the Civil War, the country became more industrialized. Unwanted children were addressed to orphanages, where they learned to read, write, solve mathematical problems and a trade (e.g. Charlton, Saratoga, my ancestors taught there).Sometime after 1900, these orphanages were abandoned. (Charlton, Saratoga County, became a penal colony for wayward girls with no training facilitated.) Now the facts show (multiple independent charities solicit funds) that there are over 1 million homeless, hungry children in the United States.There is no attempt to care for these children: there are no families waiting to adopt our U.S. children. Social programs that cared for these children are continuously under attack by the conservative evangelical right and being cut by politicians who only claim to be Christian.Therefore, my question to you folks is, “Is it more humane to abort an unwanted child or is it better to force the child to be born and then let it starve or freeze to death on the streets?”Lou CookBallston Spa Stefanik is doing a lot to help districtRep. Elise Stefanik announced the 39th result in the campaigns 100 Days, 100 Results Programs.This highlights the critical wins that she has delivered to the North Country. She released her funding for Fort Ticonderoga and said she has worked with the National Endowment of the Humanities to secure over $250,000 in funding it.This money will go towards the expansion and enhancement of their virtual programing to boost education and appreciation for the North Country’s rich history and culture.Fort Ticonderoga holds North America’s largest 18th century artillery collection, 2,000 acres of historic land on Lake Champlain, the Carillon Battlefield, and the largest series of untouched Revolutionary War era earthworks surviving in America. It brings in over $12 million into the greater Ticonderoga area each year.This grant funding is very important for the investment in education, preservation of our nation’s history, and our local communities.This 100 days, 100 Results program is very important to win over a lot of the people who are unsure of the accomplishments that Rep. Stefanik strongly fights to get done.All of these results are very beneficial to the 21st District and she continues to accomplish more for her people.
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It’s the silver anniversary for the Montauk Artists’ Association’s popular juried art show on the Montauk Green.Featuring everything from jewelry to photography to paintings to large and small sculpture, and many other forms of artistic media, the exhibit will open on Friday, August 16, at noon until 6 PM, and on Saturday and Sunday, August 17 and 18, from 10 AM to 6 PM. Admission is free. For more infor-mation or to preview some of the pieces, visit www.montaukartistsassociation.org. Share
While surfers were in the water, family members back on the beach held signs, like this little guy. Independent/T.E. McMorrowThe surfing community gathered Friday evening at Ditch Plains in Montauk as part of “Solidarity in Surf,” a worldwide protest paddle out to remember George Floyd and all those who lost their lives to police brutality.The “paddle out,” a Hawaiian tradition used by surfers to remember and show respect a fellow surfer who has died, was organized by Black Girls Surf, an empowerment and development surf camp in San Jose, CA, for those who want to pursue professional surfing. “We’re changing the visual . . . It’s time to set an example of oneness not just on land but in the ocean as well. We are one. It’s time to use your voice to speak out for injustice,” the organization wrote on its Facebook. “This paddle out is in celebration for the lives lost and the HOPE we have for future generations. This about LOVE for another.”Thousands performed the paddle out, at different times Friday, around the world from Dakar, Senegal to Huntington Beach in California, from Biarritz, France to a beach in Galveston, Texas.The beach was packed with people, some who wore masks, while others did not. Independent/T.E. McMorrowIn Montauk, about 150 or more surfers gathered on the shore with an equal number of friends and family on hand. Many of the surfers carried a rose in their teeth as they paddled out on their boards to a position about 100 yards offshore. There, they formed a circle to honor of Floyd.Many of their friends and family members on shore held signs bearing slogans like “Racism Is A Pandemic Too” or “If Not Now, Then When?”Most of those on shore wore masks, to stop the spread of COVID-19, though some did not. In areas, the crowd was fairly dense, with people ignoring social distancing guidelines, despite having a beach on which they could potentially spread email@example.comTaylor K. Vecsey contributed reporting. Share
Hydrex installed Propeller Boss Cap Fins (PBCF) on a 183-meter tanker during the vessel’s stop in Rotterdam. As a result of the underwater operation, the ship will not have to wait for the next drydock visit to start benefitting from the fuel savings the PBCF will bring.The Propeller Boss Cap Fins (PBCF) is a device for propeller efficiency improvement developed by Mitsui O. S. K. Lines, Ltd. The PBCF can recover energy loss of a propeller hub vortex in the propeller’s backward flow. This decreases fuel consumption by 5% when operating at the same speed, or boosts speed by 2% with the same fuel consumption.The 5% energy saving effect has been verified by world research institutes including International Towing Tank Conferences (ITTC) and by owners.With the current emphasis on global environment problems, the demand for the PBCF has been continually growing both as an energy saving device and an environment-friendly product because it realizes a 5% reduction in CO2, NOx and SOx emission from vessels.On-site installation prevents a long wait for fuel saving benefitsAfter the Hydrex team arrived at the vessel’s location with one of the company’s workboats, they started the underwater operation with a full inspection of the propeller. Next the diver/technicians removed the propeller cap and cleaned the area where the spinner cone was to be installed. They then lowered the PBCF into the water and positioned it on the propeller. When this was done, grease was inserted in the space underneath the propeller cone for lubrication and the bolts were torqued and secured with wire, finishing the installation of the PBCF. The Hydrex team worked around the clock to finish the operation as quickly as possible.Hydrex diver/technician preparing the propeller for the operation.By performing the operation on-site and underwater, the owner of the tanker could immediately start enjoying the fuel savings the system offers. Otherwise he would have had to wait for the next scheduled drydocking to have the PBCF’s installed. This would have lost him up to two years of fuel savings. Calculations show that he will have earned back the money of the underwater installation in about eight weeks, so the savings for the customer are substantial.Press Release, April 04, 2014
Ian Gray v (1) Secretary of State for Justice (2) Parole Board: QBD (Admin) (Mr Justice Burnett): 11 January 2010 Delay – Detention – Parole – Prisoners’ rights The claimant prisoner (G) applied for judicial review of the actions and decisions of the first defendant secretary of state and the second defendant Parole Board in connection with the process of his continued detention. G had been convicted of two sexual offences and, in February 2007, a sentence of detention for public protection (DPP) was imposed, with a specified minimum term of two years. The impact of that specification was that G had to serve at least two years, his release thereafter being conditional upon an assessment by the board that it was safe to release him. As a result of time served while on remand, G’s earliest release date was in October 2008. G’s representatives had sent the board a dossier in May 2008, ahead of an anticipated parole hearing in September 2008. The board did not, however, consider G’s case until February 2009, when it declined to order his release or recommend that he be transferred to an open establishment. In the course of that hearing, the secretary of state had stated that the test to be applied by the board in satisfying itself that it was no longer necessary for the protection of the public that the prisoner should be confined, was whether the lifer’s level of risk to life and limb of others was considered to be more than minimal. G was subsequently informed by the secretary of state that his next board meeting would take place in August 2010. G contended that (1) the delay in convening the board gave rise to a violation of article 5(4) of the European Convention on Human Rights 1950, such as to entitle him to a declaration and other such just satisfaction pursuant to section 8 of the Human Rights Act 1998 as was appropriate; (2) the period of time between the board’s decision in February 2009 and the date of the next hearing in August 2010 represented further unlawful delay in breach of article 5(4); (3) the secretary of state’s directions to the board were unlawful and irrational because they required the board to apply the same test to the release of a prisoner or detainee serving a sentence of imprisonment for public protection as for a life sentence; (4) the secretary of state had acted unlawfully in failing to produce guidance on the approach to transfer to open conditions concerned explicitly with short tariff DPP prisoners, as opposed to life prisoners, as had the board in failing to generate its own guidance. Held: (1) Article 5(4) imposed an obligation on the secretary of state to provide a speedy and meaningful review of the legality of detention of a person subject to an indeterminate sentence for public protection. It was not a strict requirement of article 5(4) that a board hearing should take place before the expiry of a minimum term, although it was the aim of the secretary of state and the board to achieve that goal, R (on the application of Noorkoiv) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (No2)  EWCA Civ 770,  1 WLR 3284 followed. Whether there had been a speedy determination was fact specific in any given case, R (on the application of Cawley) v Parole Board  EWHC 2649 (Admin) applied. In the present case, the board had not acted with reasonable despatch. There was no active case management before September 2008 and no explanation for that inaction. G was, accordingly, entitled to a declaration that the board’s failure to provide a hearing until February 2009 gave rise to a breach of article 5(4) of the convention. It was, however, not appropriate to make any monetary award, given that G would not have been released had a timely hearing occurred, Wells v Parole Board  UKHL 22,  2 WLR 1149 followed. (2) Article 5(4) required that a detained person had to be able to challenge his detention at reasonable intervals, and it was a matter for the court to determine whether the proposed interval was a reasonable one. In the present case, the next hearing had been set for August 2010 to enable G to do the work necessary to reduce risk and thus achieve release, and there was no hint of the timetable being set for the convenience of the secretary of state or otherwise because of a lack of resources. In those circumstances, the decision to set an interval of 18 months did not bring with it a breach of article 5(4). (3) The impact of the directions in G’s case was wholly academic because there was no question of his release. In any event, the board had not been diverted from considering the real issue in the case, namely the risk of sexual offending upon which it had focused. The third ground in G’s challenge had, accordingly, to fail. (4) The challenges to the failure of the secretary of state to issue fresh directions on the transfer to open conditions or the board itself to circulate guidance were unarguable. There was no question of such a recommendation in G’s case, and the secretary of state had not been obliged to issue directions of the sort envisaged by G. Application granted in part. Philip Rule (instructed by Mark Williams Associates) for the claimant; Simon Murray and Matthew Slater (instructed by the Treasury Solicitor) for the first and second defendants respectively.
Published: May 14, 2017 7:35 PM EDT Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. ATLANTA (AP) All lanes of a heavily used interstate in Atlanta have been reopened – about six weeks after a highway bridge collapsed because of a massive fire.Local news reports say southbound lanes on Interstate 85 were reopened Saturday evening, one day after drivers began using lanes heading north. The roadway had been shut down since March 30 when a blaze beneath the bridge burned so hot that it caused the overpass of steel and concrete to collapse.The collapsed bridge forced Atlanta commuters onto congested alternate routes or transit systems. Officials urged employers to allow employees to telecommute or change their schedules as construction crews worked round-the-clock shifts.Officials offered a multimillion-dollar incentive to the project contractor C.W. Matthews to finish weeks ahead of schedule. Related Articles:Document: Crack-smoking man charged in Atlanta overpass fire Author: Associated Press Major interstate in Georgia reopened after bridge collapse SHARE
Several dead in Ethiopia stampede as police tear gas protesters Police fire tear gas at young protesters in Ghana Supporters of Imam Mahmoud Dicko and other opposition political parties protest after President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita rejected concessions, aimed at resolving a months-long political stand-off, in Bamako, Mali July 10, 2020. REUTERS/Matthiew Rosier NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES Supporters of Imam Mahmoud Dicko and other opposition political parties protest after President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita rejected concessions, aimed at resolving a months-long political stand-off, in Bamako, Mali July 10, 2020. REUTERS/Matthiew Rosier NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVESPolice in Mali on Friday fired gunshots and tear gas to try to dislodge protesters demanding the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from occupying the state broadcasting house and parliament, according to a Reuters witness.Two sources said at least one person was killed outside the national assembly building.Mali’s state television ORTM went off the air after hundreds of protesters occupied the building in the capital Bamako.The protesters, called to a rally by an opposition coalition, also tried to take over two major bridges.The protest was the third since June, and came after the opposition coalition rejected concessions from Keita aimed at resolving a months-long political stand-off that began after a disputed legislative election in March.Mali’s neighbours and outside powers worry the impasse could further destabilise the country and jeopardise a joint military campaign against Islamist insurgents in the West African Sahel region.Protesters pelted the national assembly with rocks and shattered its glass facade, then ransacked and set fires in parts of the building.Videos on social media sites showed a fire burning outside the building while protesters ran away with what looked like files, computers, furniture and other items. The authenticity of the videos could not be verified by Reuters.Gunshots could be heard in the vicinity of both the national assembly and the ORTM building, a Reuters witness said, while other groups of protesters fought running battles with the police along a main bridge and surrounding neighbourhoods.Leaders of the protest had called on supporters to occupy buildings, including the Prime Minister’s office, as part of a civil disobedience campaign aimed at forcing Keita to resign for failing to tackle Mali’s security and economic problems.Before the rally, influential Muslim cleric Imam Mahmoud Dicko, one of the leaders of the protest, told France24 television that they had dropped the demand for the president to resign but wanted further gestures from him.“This is because we think it (the resignation) will cause more problems than it will resolve,” Dicko said. “Mali’s problem is not about a government of national unity. It is a problem of governance.”Other leaders of the coalition said at the rally they still want Keita to resign, however, and said they would persist with the disobedience campaign until he quits.Keita was re-elected in 2018 for a second five-year term but his leadership has faced mounting opposition amid a surge in jihadist violence and an economic crisis.J. Peter Pham, U.S. Special Envoy to the Sahel, warned that any unconstitutional change of government in Mali was out of the question.Related Sudanese police fire tear gas at football fans