31 December 2013

Central African Republic: Protesters Stage Airport Sit-in

Photo: Amnesty International
Graffiti calling for the president to step down amid the ongoing crisis.

Thousands of protesters have blocked an airport runway in the Central African Republic, with some calling for the resignation of interim President Michel Djotodia.

The protest took place on Tuesday at the international airport in Bangui, where large groups of civilians have sought refuge from the country's spiraling violence.

Some protesters appealed for more humanitarian assistance. The country's unrest has displaced tens of thousands of people.

French and African forces have been trying to disarm militias and quell persistent violence in CAR.

The unrest began in March when mostly Muslim Seleka forces overthrew President Francois Bozize.

Much of the fighting since then has been between ex-Seleka rebels and the Christian anti-balaka militias.

Relief organizations say more than 1,000 people have been killed in the unrest.

Some information was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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