The Informer (Monrovia)

21 August 2012

Cote d'Ivoire: Five Abidjan Communities On Fire - Ouattara Vs Gbargbo

In the wake of the upsurge of fighting in the Ivory Coast side of the the Liberia Ivory Coast border areas, reports reaching our news desk indicate that the rivalry between supporters of the ousted Ex-President Laurent Gbargbo, who is languishing behind bars at the International Criminal Court at the Hague in the Netherlands, and those of the incumbent President Alassane Ouattara is making normal life unbearable in Abidjan, the Commercial capital of the Ivory Coast.

According to Radio France International (RFI) English service news relayed yesterday, over the weekend masked men suspected to be supporters of the Republican Assembly Party of President Ouattara attacked the headquarters of the Ivoirian Popular Front (FPI) party of the deposed President Gbargbo in the Cocody community of Abidjan.

The report indicated further that people suspected of having carried out the attack are of the Dioulla or Ivoirian Mandingo tribe; and that some of them were members of the Ivoirian Armed Forces.

Recent reports state that while unidentified men attacked and killed six Ivoirian soldiers in the Yopougon community barely two weeks ago, there are other reports that the security forces have carried out reprisal killings in some of Abidjan's popular communities, something that has claimed the urgent attention of human rights groups in that country such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

The reports indicated that the RDI party of President Ouattara has dissociated itself from the attack on the party headquarters of his arch-rival Laurent Gbargbo, but the Secretary general of the FPI Laurent Akoun has indicated that there is no way in which the RDI party of President Ouattara can dissociate itself from the attack.

So far, a cross section of Ivoirians residing in this Country have stated that as long as Gbargbo is kept in jail for war crimes that were committed by both Ouattara and Gbargbo supporters on an equal scale, there will be no peace in that once peaceful French West African Country.

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