Canada Côte d'Ivoire: sporadic clashes in several cities

03:45  20 october  2020
03:45  20 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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A person was killed on Monday October 19 in the city of Bonoua, that of origin of Simone Gbagbo. In Abidjan and in several localities of the country, groups of opposition activists responded to the slogan of their leaders calling for civil disobedience and active boycott, to protest against the candidacy of outgoing President Alassane Ouattara for the presidential election. October 31. With consequences, scuffles and clashes, very localized, with the police.

With our correspondent in Abidjan, Sidi Yansane

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In the morning, at the roundabout of the Riviera 2 district of the municipality of Cocody d´Abidjan, several young people installed tires and barricades on the tracks. A car was set on fire and a bus emptied of its passengers before protesters set it on fire, abandoning its totally charred carcass.

The security forces intervened and quickly drove the militants back to the neighboring district of Anono. A game of cat and mouse that unfolded part of the morning. Caught between the demolition of the demonstrators and the tear gas from the dressed bodies, the residents had no other choice but to take refuge in their homes and the traders to close shop.

Fifty kilometers further east, in Bonoua, the stronghold of former First Lady Simone Gbagbo who already recorded deaths last August, significantly more violent clashes left one dead and several injured.

These scuffles took place as the powerful Student and School Federation of Côte d'Ivoire went on strike to demand the abolition of additional registration fees and the rehabilitation of 20,000 alleged baccalaureate fraudsters. Fesci maintains its slogan across the territory but tells RFI that the protesters are not from its ranks.

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