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.
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.
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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