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[IVORY COAST] Laurent Gbagbo Captured

In Ivory Coast, News, World Revolution on April 17, 2011 at 10:26 PM

Laurent Gbagbo was seized from a cellar underneath his residence in Abidjan on Monday.

The footage shows troops loyal to the internationally recognized President Alassane Ouattara entering the compound with heavy weaponry.

Gunfire can be heard as they clash with Mr Gbagbo’s forces in the grounds of the residence.

They then enter the building, shoot the lock off a door to access what looks like a reception room.

The former president is then seen being given a bullet-proof vest and helmet.

Gbagbo’s surrender brings to an end ten days of fierce fighting in Abidjan, the country’s largest city, and comes after months of a bitter political crisis sparked by a disputed presidential poll in November.

The internationally recognized president of the Ivory Coast has pledged to restore security and prosperity to the country following post-election violence.

Alassane Ouattara made the comments as pictures emerged of the capture of his rival Laurent Gbagbo.

Gbagbo’s End Near After U.N./France Air Strikes in Ivory Coast

In Ivory Coast, World Revolution on April 6, 2011 at 9:38 AM

Ivory Coast’s Laurent Gbagbo was negotiating the terms of his departure on Tuesday following a fierce assault by forces loyal to his rival Alassane Ouattara and backed by U.N. and French helicopter air strikes.

Ivory Coast – Last Hours of Dissent

In Ivory Coast, World Revolution on April 6, 2011 at 1:31 AM

The Ivory Coast has been melting into unrest over the last five months.

After a period of prosperity unemployment and poverty in recent times have brought about civil war.

With support from French troops and NATO the unrest is seen to be under restraint in a day or so.

Ivory Coast Violence Leaves 800 Dead in 1 Day

In Ivory Coast, World Revolution on April 2, 2011 at 12:37 PM

At least 800 people were killed in intercommunal violence in the Ivorian town of Duékoué on 29 March, according to information gathered by field delegates of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

(ICRC) Red Cross:

“We are shocked by the brutality and scale of this act,” said Dominique Liengme, head of the ICRC delegation in Côte d’Ivoire. “The ICRC condemns any and all direct attacks on the civilian population and reminds the parties to the conflict of their obligation to protect, in all circumstances, the population of the territory under their control.”

ICRC delegates and volunteers from the Red Cross Society of Côte d’Ivoire went to the scene – the Carrefour neighbourhood in the western Ivorian town of Duékoué – on 31 March and 1 April to assess the needs of the local population and record eyewitness accounts of the event. They recovered 28 bodies and took them to the local morgue. This work should continue in the coming days.

Tens of thousands of men, women and children have been fleeing the fighting and pillaging that have been going on in Duékoué since last Monday. On several occasions, the various communities in the town and surrounding area have been severely affected by the fighting.

The ICRC and the Ivorian Red Cross are working hard across the country to provide civilians affected by the violence with food and other essential items and to facilitate access to drinking water and medical care.

Related Link: Violence Erupts In Ivory Coast Over Disputed Presidency

Violence Erupts In Ivory Coast Over Disputed Presidency

In Ivory Coast, World Revolution on April 1, 2011 at 10:31 AM

Violence erupted in Ivory Coast as fighters supporting Alassane Ouattara captured several cities and moved on Abidjan, the last major stronghold of Laurent Gbagbo. Ouattara and incumbent President Gbagbo have battled since Oauttara decisively won the November election, but Gbagbo has refused to concede. Margaret Warner reports.

PBS:

Forces loyal to democratically elected president Alassane Ouattara are pressing into Ivory Coast’s main city, Abidjan, in a bid to wrest control of the country from incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo, who refuses to relinquish his post.

Ouattara said in a televised speech Thursday that his forces are working to “reestablish democracy and to ensure that the people’s vote is respected.”

But one of Gbagbo’s advisers said he would not resign: “He will not resign in the wake of this attack. He is not going to abdicate. He is not going to lay down his arms. He will stay in power to lead the resistance to this attack against Ivory Coast,” said Toussaint Alain in Paris, according to the Associated Press.

Adding international pressure, the U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Wednesday to impose an asset freeze and travel ban on Gbagbo, his wife and three close associates.

According to the United Nations, at least 462 people have been killed since Gbagbo refused to cede power after the majority of voters in November chose Ouattara as their next leader.

Meanwhile, Gen. Edouard Kassarate, who is in charge of the country’s police, has defected, and army chief Phillippe Mangou has taken refuge in the South African ambassador’s residence in Abidjan, reported the Christian Science Monitor.

In addition to moving into Abidjan, forces supporting Ouattara, who call themselves the Republican Forces of Ivory Coast, have taken control of the key port city of San Pedro and the nation’s capital, Yamoussoukro.

An eyewitness, long-time Abidjan resident Nfor Susungi, reported hearing heavy gunfire in distant parts of the city and in other places seeing oddly quiet streets, according to the BBC.

Related Link: Ivory Coast Violence Leaves 800 Dead in 1 Day

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