Saturday, February 19, 2011

Gbagbo's forces dispersed demonstrators

ABIDJAN - The security forces loyal to Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo out Saturday in Abidjan dispersed supporters of Alassane Ouattara, leader of the state recognized by the international community that would respond to the call for a "revolution" in Egypt.
"Enough is enough, Gbagbo released" almost three months after the election on November 28 that plunged the country into a serious crisis, the camp Ouattara wanted by this operation follow the footsteps of the Tunisians and Egyptians to hunt out .
But the events scheduled Saturday morning in the popular districts of Abobo (north) and Kumasi (south) were finally able to take.
Defence Forces and Security (SDS), which had announced on Friday evening a night curfew for the entire weekend in the southern half controlled by the Gbagbo regime, were deployed to prevent them.
In Kumasi, tarps installed for a rally on the square Inshallah were withdrawn by the SDS, the anger of hundreds of young demonstrators dispersed with tear gas and warning shots, residents said.
"They're going to kill us all today, we will not accept it because Alassane won the elections!", Launched a youth, while others shouted: "Here we do not want Gbagbo".
At Kumasi as in Abobo, a stronghold of Mr. Ouattara where clashes left at least a dozen dead among SDS since January, meeting places were quickly sealed off by the police.
In the surrounding streets, young people had erected barricades made of tables and burning tires, with a strong black smoke.
Prime Minister Ouattara, the leader of the former rebel New Forces (FN), Guillaume Soro, in recent days urged Ivorians to "make revolution" as in Tunisia and Egypt, after failing to mobilize population since late 2010.
While in Abidjan, the heart of power, the protests have been defeated in the FN-held north since 2002, rallies were held in major cities of Korhogo, Odienne, as well as Ferkessédougou Man (west).
This renewed tension comes as Africa is trying a new mediation to end a crisis marked by violence since mid-December, killed at least 300 deaths according to the UN report published this week.
A panel of five heads of state appointed by the African Union, chaired by Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz (Mauritania) and including Idriss Deby (Chad), Jacob Zuma (South Africa), Blaise Compaore (Burkina) and Jakaya Kikwete ( Tanzania), must meet Sunday in Nouakchott.
The quintet is expected Monday in Abidjan, to stop by late February solutions "binding".
But the margin is the closest, none of the two rivals do not appear ready to give up.
Meanwhile, Cote d'Ivoire fell into a slump heavy financial and economic consequences for the inhabitants.
The strategy attempted suffocation by Mr. Ouattara and his foreign allies led this week's dramatic closure of most commercial banks.
Among them, the SGBCI and Bicic, subsidiaries of French banks Societe Generale and BNP Paribas have been requisitioned by the Gbagbo government. Who has not said how it intends to operate these banks and have access to funds.

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