Friday 11.11.2016 in Latest Developments in Côte d'Ivoire Country Page
During the past two months, protests in Cote d'Ivoire were marred by violence from police and protestors alike. On 22nd October, a coalition of opposition parties held a gathering to demonstrate against the constitutional reform proposed by President Alassane Ouattara. Thousands of demonstrators met peacefully in the borough of Yopougon in Abidjan. However, a subsequent march by the same coalition on 28th October was violently disrupted by police using tear gas on protesters. When marchers attempted to take a different route to the one approved by authorities they were met with with a wall of police who begain to fire tear gas to disperse the crowd. One protester was injured and 20 people were arrested.
On 3rd October, a group of young people staged a violent protest in the city of Kattiola. They protested out of anger at the death of a young man, allegedly killed by a police officer. Violence during the protest led to the death of one police officer, five injured civilians including a child and extensive damange to property.