Malians have called on the international community to come to their aid and push out Tuareg-led rebels in the north of the country.
Around 2,000 marched through the capital Bamako warning that a humanitarian disaster was looming and urging politicians to take military action before resolving the political crisis.
One local leader said Malians have had enough negotiations, “negotiations should happen after the liberation of Timbuktu, Gao and Kidal. Politicians can negotiates after that.”
Rebels took advantage of last months coup to seize territory they claim as their homeland of “Azawad”.
Although the coup leaders have agreed to stand down, there has been no attempt to win back the north.
The 15-state ECOWAS group of West African countries is preparing an intervention force of up to 3,000 troops but only to stop further rebel advances.