Struggles in the Ivory Coast


Mar 04 2011

Struggles in the Ivory Coast

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As protests and turmoil continues to occur in the Middle East, the Ivory Coast in Africa has also emerged with killings during protests. In Abidjan, 6 women were shot and killed by the military during an all-women protest against Laurent Gbagbo, president of the Ivory Coast since 2000. Although having lost the election for president in November of 2010, Gbagbo still refuses to step down, causing political unrest in this African country.

Political unrest continues to occur as the economy is being shut down by Gbagbo and his government.

“Businesses are shutting, employees are being laid off by the dozen and families complain of going without meals. Traffic is minimal, and roadblocks operated by rock-wielding, pro-Gbagbo youth groups are everywhere. Amid the torrent of international sanctions against him, banks have closed, all A.T.M.’s have shut down and cash is rarer by the day.”

“This week also, nine newspapers opposed to Mr. Gbagbo closed, saying they could no longer withstand police harassment and constant threats of violence against their journalists.”

As the government shuts down the economy, opens fire at civilians, and taking away the peoples’ rights, life is difficult here in this African country. But the people refuse to give up, enduring a tough struggle in the hopes of someday having the rights they deserve.

Military troops in Abidjan have responded to these protests by firing shots into the crowd of protesters. This incident, along with other similar incidents and gun battles recently, has intensified the conflict in the Ivory Coast to extraordinary levels. I can’t help but wonder what the future looks like for this country, with the situation here going downhill fast.

The UN Security Council announced on Thursday that a civil war could return to the Ivory Coast, which is not surprising. According to the United Nations, 50 people died this week in relation to the violence going on in the Ivory Coast. As violence and killings continue to escalate, it will be interesting to find out what will happen next in this unstable region.

3 Responses to “Struggles in the Ivory Coast”

  1. mevans15 Says:

    It seems as though there is protest and turmoil almost everywhere these days. Do you think that there will be a major reform in the governments around the world? Sometimes I worry that the rioting, protesting, and police violence will only lead to anarchy, but will that eventually be a good thing compared to the way some of the governments are being run now, with all of the corruption and injustice towards the people of these nations?

  2. cvalero Says:

    Wait a minute, I don’t understand how these raids and civil wars in Abidjan are any different from most of the problems in Africa’s social and political climate. Despite the UN Security Council “announcing” that civil war is likely hasn’t it been clear that war and conflict between rebel groups and militia of various African countries a constant recurrence? Africa differing from China and India, which are defined as third world countries, the entire continent (containing 53 countries) is a developing world. I’m absolutely not surprised that these recent events of political unrest has a great effect on the citizens of Abidjan. The Ivory Coast along with the Sudan have been hot spots for violating the rights of people not to mention the responsibilities to protect them as well.

    Death is also a traditional consequence when conflict arise, however, 50 people one week adds on to the thousands of lives taken away in the last half-century. Remember that most deaths in African countries are undocumented so who knows what is truly going on? and the governments, from how I see it, intend to keep it that way. It’s kind of scary to compare in such a drastic way but it reminds me of how our (United States) politicians run our government. They are willing to do anything even criminal acts (Nixon, Carter, Clinton) to stay in charge and run the show! Who knows if one day we might have to fear for our lives!

  3. mmonitto Says:

    What really caught my eye is how Gbagbo, the losing candidate, will not step down. It just shows how desperate he is to hold power. The amount of force and threat that he’s using displays that he is not only desperate to keep his power, but will go to essentially any length to hold onto it. The violence in the Ivory Coast is following the pattern of Libya, not Egypt – a civil war, sad to say, seems nearly inevitable.

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