Tuesday, February 22, 2011

3 Dead as pro-Gbagbo forces open fire to disperse Ivory Coast protesters


It seems that anti-government protests are dealt with more sternly these past few days as displayed in Bahrain, Libya and Yemen.
Ivory Coast is not behind when police supporters of the disputed President Laurent Gbagbo fired live rounds killing three youths to disperse the pro-Alassane Ouattara crowd calling for the former to step down on Sunday, Kenya's Capital FM reported on 21 February.
According to witnesses, before live firing, the young protesters were encircled by security forces in the capital Abidjan's Abobo district on Sunday afternoon--the second day of the rally--to show their "Egyptian style" of uprising to unseat Gbagbo that resulted to an unverified score of injuries, said The Washington Post.
The UN said that 300 people had so far been killed in the violence that followed the fraudulent 28 November polls when incumbent Gbagbo declined to cede his power to the internationally-recognized Ouattara.
In the mean time, five African leaders discussed with African Union and UN officials on Sunday in Mauritania's capital Nouakchott in an effort to end the Ivorian crisis that is worsening the economic status of the world's largest cocoa supplier.
The mediating panel will head to Abidjan on Monday to present their "binding" resolutions to the two sides who have expressed their skepticism as to the composition of the team.
Details of this story here.
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