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Quick Update on Cote d’Ivoire

Thank you to everyone that has spread the word about Cote D’Ivoire. CNN ran the story and video from the women’s march. It’s a start. A few updates:

– Power has been restored to Northern Cote D’Ivoire. Water is still cut in most areas.

– Police have been looting the homes of Alassane Ouattara’s cabinet members (Guardian)

– Because of escalating violence, UN is sending 2,000 more troops and 3 armed helicopters (Al Jazeera)

– Roadblocks around several neighborhoods. Gbagbo’s Young Patriots are running the roadblocks. They are mostly unarmed, which is no less terrifying – they have been beating people to death. If they suspect that you are an Alassane supporter (remember, Alassane is the one who has been certified by the Ivorian Election Commission, the UN, the EU, the US, ECOWAS, and the AU, as the rightful president), you are dragged out of your car.

Most horrific is this video, from Yopougon, where my friends are. I will not embed it here, it is truly awful to watch. In the video, two men are beaten to near death and then burnt alive.

The roadblocks and increasing violence have a lot to do with Charles Blé Goudé, Gbagbo’s licensed thug, who has called for Gbagbo’s Young Patriots to “resist the insurgency” trying to depose Gbagbo.

Please continue to spread the word. See this post for links to media twitter accounts and facebook pages.

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  • Ayngelina March 9, 2011, 7:47 am

    What about your friends? How are they doing?

    • phil March 9, 2011, 3:06 pm

      They are safe!! Finally got word!! They are keeping a low profile though. Thanks for thinking about them 🙂

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