Protests in Ivory Coast leaves At least four people dead
Ivory Coast protest turned violent on Thursday, police said, as small groups burned makeshift roadblocks in
protests against President Alassane Ouattara’s decision to stand for a third term.
On Thursday, an 18-year-old died in the southeastern town of Bonoua, 50km (30 miles) from the economic hub,
Abidjan, in violence between demonstrators and security forces, said Mayor Jean-Paul Amethier.
“The police station in Bonoua has been ransacked by angry demonstrators, and the police chief and officers have
taken refuge in the courtyard,” resident Herve Niamkey said. protests in Ivory Coast took a violent turn
In Abidjan, scattered groups of demonstrators built barricades and burned tyres
in response to a call from the opposition and civil society groups.
“His candidacy is against the constitution – we don’t want a third term,” said protester Herve Seka in Anono district
A video circulating on social media showed Bonoua’s police commissioner covered in blood as a crowd rescued
him from the burning police headquarters. Police arrested 58 people across the country, Charlemagne said.
The executive director of Ouattara’s party, Adama Bictogo, defended Ouattara’s decision to run again, saying:
“For us the debate is closed.”
Ouattara’s opponents have accused the police of using excessive force to break up demonstrations this week.
Ivory Coast law limits presidential terms to two, but Ouattara says a new constitution adopted in 2016
acted as a reset button, allowing him to run again. The October election is seen as a test of stability
for a country still recovering from a brief civil war in 2010 and 2011.