This time there is no confusion: the commander of the local gendarmes squarely blames the French commander for ordering his troops to fire on an unarmed crowd.
He said that when he reported to the French commander on the day of the riot [sic.], he was told: "Colonel, my barbed wire has been crossed, and the crowd is getting excited. If they do not let us leave within 20 minutes, I am going to shoot."
"Suddenly," said Guiai Bi Poin, "there was a movement on our left and my gendarmes were pushed violently by the crowd. They fell back a meter or two. D'Estremon then said to me, 'Colonel, the red line has been crossed. I am going to open fire. FIRE!'"
The officer said the French troops began shooting. "It was not a haphazard fusillade. It was carried out on the orders of their chief. And there was no warning."
This demands an immediate investigation. The press of the world hyperventilated over one marine finishing off a terrorist, yet it yawns and turns the page on the most blatantly neocolonialistic action in the past 30 years.
The Posse is not yet ready to condemn France, but it is looking worse and worse for them.