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19 oct. 2020 | 15h42 UTC

Cote d'Ivoire: Police kill one during dispersal operations amid unrest in Bonoua (Grand-Bassam department) October 19 /update 1

Côte d'Ivoire Alerte de sécurité

Police kill one person whilst dispersing protesters in Bonoua (Grand-Bassam department) on October 19, unrest continues in Abidjan; avoid all demonstrations

TIMEFRAME expected from 19/10/2020, 12h00 until 21/10/2020, 11h59 (Africa/Abidjan). COUNTRY/REGION Abidjan, Bonoua, Ivory Coast

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Event

Security forces killed one person whilst dispersing protesters with live ammunition in Bonoua (Grand-Bassam department) on Monday, October 19, amid demonstrations against the possible third term that incumbent President Alassane Ouattara is seeking in an upcoming election. A number of others were injured during the operations which occurred after protesters blocked roads and damaged property. Unrest is also ongoing in Abidjan where the US Embassy has warned that barricades have been erected on Boulevard de France between the Embassy and Jacques Prévert. Roadblocks have also been erected on Rue de Ambassade in Anono. Demonstrators have also set fire to a number of vehicles in the Rivera 2 district and have blocked roads across the Cocody area. The unrest coincides with an announcement by the Student and Scholastic Federation of Cote d'Ivoire (FESCI) of strike action over the next 72 hours.

Heightened security measures should be anticipated in the vicinity of the protests, particularly as the ban on gatherings remains in place amid coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions. Localized disruptions are likely to continue and further demonstrations are possible. Further violent between protester and security forces are also likely.

Context

President Alassane Ouattara announced on August 7 that he would be standing for a third term in presidential elections scheduled to be held on October 31. The president had been expected to stand down at the end of his current term, but the sudden death of his expected successor, Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, on July 8 left the ruling RHDP coalition with no clear candidate going into the polls. However, Ouattara's decision to stand again has been opposed by the opposition and civil society groups. Unrest linked to the issue has resulted in several fatalities and dozens of arrests.

Advice

Those in Cote d'Ivoire are advised to monitor developments and remain apprised of the political situation, avoid all public demonstrations and political gatherings as a precaution, avoid discussing sensitive political topics in public or on social media, and heed all instructions issued by the local authorities.

 

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