Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Ivory Coast joining the rebellion sweep?

Protests have occurred in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, since last week. Though the protesters themselves have been peaceful, a total of 11 have been killed by rogue army officers who support President Laurent Gbagbo. Gbagbo's presidency is disputed as his rival, Alassane Ouatara is the internationally-recognized winner of last year's election. Last week 7 women were shot and killed, and today's protest march was to recognize them for International Women's Day, but four more protesters were shot and killed. According to the U.N. refugee service, 300,000 people have fled the city of Abidjan and 70,000 have fled the country entirely.

-Abbey Smith

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