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11 Sep 2018 | 04:22 PM UTC

Côte d'Ivoire: Police disperse student demonstration in Abidjan Sep. 11

Côte d'Ivoire News Alert

Police disperse student demonstration in Abidjan on September 11; further protests possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/11/2018, 12:00 AM until 9/14/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Abidjan). COUNTRY/REGION Abidjan

Event

On the morning (local time) of Tuesday, September 11, hundreds of students staged a demonstration near Félix Houphouët-Boigny University in Abidjan to protest increasing tuition costs. According to local sources, the demonstrators clashed with security forces, leading police officers to disperse the protests by firing tear gas. Further demonstrations are possible in Abidjan in the coming days. Heightened security measures and traffic disruptions are expected around all protest sites.

Context

Social unrest is common in Côte d'Ivoire, especially on university campuses where students and lecturers regularly protest against a lack of resources, delayed scholarship payments and research funding, and accommodation issues.

Advice

Individuals in Abidjan and across Côte d'Ivoire are advised to monitor developments to the situation and to avoid any protests or rallies.

 

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