It's probably not a good sign for the government in power when a regularly-scheduled program on state TV is interrupted by a military coup.
Last Friday President Trump told the US Congress that the first of about 80 troops had arrived in the African nation of Gabon two days earlier to protect American citizens and diplomatic facilities should violence break out in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The leader of Gabon, President Bongo is apparently still in Morocco recovering from a stroke he suffered last Fall while attending an investment forum in Saudi Arabia.
Last night, while you were fast asleep in your American beds, five rebels tried to take charge of a broadcast studio for state operated media.
According to the government, they've all been apprehended.
The BBC Reports:
The junior officers claimed they seized power "to restore democracy" in oil-rich Gabon, where the ailing leader's family has ruled for 50 years.
Tanks and armoured vehicles could be seen in the capital Libreville. One of the rebels was on the run for a brief period, before being found hiding under a bed, reports Radio France Internationale.
"The situation is calm. The gendarmes who are often stationed there have taken control of the entire area around the radio and TV headquarters, so everything is back to normal", said Guy-Bertrand Mapangou. a government spokesman.
Strange times in Gabon, a country that most Americans couldn't identify on a map if you paid them.