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Deaths as Ivory Coast forces open fire on protesters

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  1. Askari Kanzu

    Askari Kanzu JF-Expert Member

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    Mwaka huu Africa tumeanza vibaya!

    19 February 2011 Last updated at 15:05 ET
    Deaths as Ivory Coast forces open fire on protesters

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    The neighbourhood of Abobo has witnessed several recent clashes between protesters and troops


    At least two people have died after Ivorian forces opened fire on protesters demanding President Laurent Gbagbo step down, witnesses said.

    Several others were injured in the confrontation, which took place in a neighbourhood loyal to Mr Gbagbo's rival, Alassane Ouattara, in Abidjan. Mr Ouattara is widely recognised as the victor of presidential polls last year, but Mr Gbagbo refuses to cede power.

    Tensions have been high in the West African nation since the elections. Hundreds of youths gathered in the neighbourhood of Abobo before security forces opened fire and used tear gas in an effort to disperse them.

    A resident told AFP news agency that forces had "fired into the crowd leaving people running for cover, but they chased them".

    'Store raided'
    Another resident, 30-year-old Tieba Doumbia, said a tear gas grenade had also landed in a local market, forcing dozens of women to flee.

    One of those killed was a woman who was hit by a stray bullet, witnesses and an official told Reuters news agency. Protesters also raided the department store of a Lebanese businessmen who is seen as close to Mr Gbagbo.

    The neighbourhood of Abobo has often been the scene of violent clashes between security forces and civilians.

    At least 300 people have been killed in violence since the polls, mostly supporters of Mr Ouattara killed by pro-Gbagbo forces, the United Nations says.

    November's presidential vote was supposed to reunify the world's largest cocoa producer, which has been divided between north and south since a conflict in 2002.

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    Watu Ivory Coast hawawezi hata kuandamana... Mtu Ukijulikana kama supporter was Allasane Ouattara huwezi hata toka ndani ya nyumba kwa amani.
    Gbagbo mpaka wanafunzi wa vyuo kawapata bunduki. Uwanja wa ndege leo Umejazwa na wahuni wa Gbagbo kujaribu kumzuia Rais Blaise Campaore wa Burkina kutua kiwanjani na Panel ya Akina rais JK...
    Ujumbe kwa Gbagbo lazima ni ule wa kumwambia aache ngazi na aende zake..
     
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    Africans now got up from the dreams
     
  5. Askari Kanzu

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    Deadly clashes as mediators hold talks
    Witnesses say civilian killed in I. Coast clashes

    A civilian was killed Monday in an Ivory Coast working class district of Abidjan, in clashes between forces loyal to outgoing president Laurent Gbagbo and his rival, Alassane Ouattara, witnesses said.
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    A man uncovers the body of a civilian who was killed on February 21, 2011 in a street of Treichville in Abidjan, in clashes between forces loyal to outgoing president Laurent Gbagbo and his rival, Alassane Ouattara supporters, witnesses said.


    A man crossing the road in the Treichville district was shot dead when the Defence and Security Forces opened fire with live ammunition to disperse young supporters of Ouattara who had made barricades of tables and burning tyres, residents said.

    The victim's body could be seen lying in a pool of blood on the sidewalk, according to an AFP photographer.

    A dozen injured people, some with bullet wounds, were admitted to a private Treichville clinic after the clashes, AFP observed. The violence arose as four African heads of state were due in Abidjan to make proposals to settle a crisis triggered when Gbagbo refused to stand down after a presidential election on November 28 and concede defeat to Ouattara, whose victory at the polls is widely internationally recognised.

    In the southern Koumassi district and the northern Abobo region, both strongholds of Ouattara, youths tried to reach rally points in the morning but the security forces opened fire to disperse them, witnesses said.

    Traffic was at a standstill in these districts and "we are locked up at home," a resident said.

    Answering the call of Ouattara's camp for a "revolution" similar to the one that toppled President Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, youths tried to demonstrate on Saturday in these neighbourhoods, but three protesters were shot dead by the defence and security forces.

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    Askari Kanzu JF-Expert Member

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    Maraisi wa kutoka Mauritania, Tanzania, Afrika ya Kusini na Chad wakiwasili Abidjan
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    While JK flew into Abidjan, Gbagbo's thugs were doing this to Protesters, Warning: Graphic images
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    [video]http://news.abidjan.net/v/6010.html[/video]
     
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