Gabon coup soldiers arrested, internet off but Libreville calm

Reports from Gabon indicate that the officers behind an apparent coup attempt on early Monday morning have been arrested.

Minister of communication told French broadcaster, RFI that mutineers have been arrested by GIGNunits (elite tactical units), the situation is under control and order was being reestablished.

Led by one Lieutenant Kelly Ondo Obiang who led a takeover of the national radio, the soldiers said they had taken over in order to restore democracy in the Central African nation.Under the banner of the Patriotic Movement of the Defense and Security Forces of Gabon, the leader said the most recent Bongo national address “reinforced doubts about the president’s ability to continue to carry out the responsibilities of his office.”

An online freedom group, Internet Without Borders: which fights for digital rights, against digital repression and oppression, confirmed that there was an internet blackout in the wake of the move

However, much of the capital, Libreville, remained calm.