Opposition supporters stage protests in Ivory Coast towns


In Marcory, a town in south Abidjan, protesters barricaded streets and burnt tyres, leaving traffic movement disrupted.

Ivory Coast
Ivory Coast

In another town Yopougon, protesters ransacked several buses, bus drivers told Xinhua.
In the towns of Sikensi and Bonoua in the south and Gagnoa in the central-west region, protests are also reported.

Police used tear gas to disperse protesters in some areas, but have said they didn’t arrest anyone.
“We used conventional weapons such as tear gas and batons to disperse those who took part in the illegal protests,” a police officer told Xinhua.

A youth group of the opposition named the National Youth Coalition for Change, has vowed to stay on the streets until their concerns addressed by President Alassane Ouattara.
Cote d’Ivoire is expected to hold the presidential poll on Oct. 25.

The election is considered crucial for a country stung by the 2010 post-election violence that claimed over 3,000 lives.

Ten candidates were approved by the country’s constitutional council out of the 33 who had been registered by the Independent Electoral Commission (CEI).

The opposition criticize the CEI of being “biased” towards the incumbent president who is running for a second term.

In a recent speech to the nation, Ouattara reiterated the October elections would be transparent and peaceful. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

Opposition supporters stage protests in Ivory Coast towns