|A patrol of the Ivorian security forces in Bouaké on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, after the incidents that occurred on the same day around a demonstration of demobilized ex-rebels.|
Bouake is definitely not out of the spiral of violence: after the mutineers last week, the “demobilized” (former rebels not reinstated in the army) claim in turn bonuses. About 6,000 of them, according to their own count, each claims 18 million CFA francs (27,000 euros). On Tuesday morning in Bouake, clashes turned into a tragedy, while the demobilized blocked the southern access of the second city of the country. A seriously injured person died at midday in the hospital, bringing to four the number of ex-rebels killed.
At the end of Tuesday, life had resumed its course in Bouake. People were going about their business, the vehicles were moving around and there was no evidence of the morning incident. If not a strong police presence at the southern entrance to the city.
It is a disguised grenade that has done the most damage in this opposition between demobilized and police forces regrouping gendarmerie and police. A grenade that exploded Tuesday morning in Bouake amid protesters, while one of them manipulated it, said a statement from the Interior Ministry. The ministry also mentions two wounded among the police and three gendarmes hit by projectiles.
The Ivorian authorities also claim that in order to disperse the demonstrators who blocked the southern access corridor to the city, the police used conventional means and the demobilized soldiers were armed, which is denied by the latter.
From a hospital source in Bouake, the number of deaths among the protesters amounted to four and a dozen wounded, some of them by bullets are to be deplored.
The government calls for calm and respect for the laws in the context of the demands. Demobilized claims that go beyond those of the mutineers last week. This time, ex-combatants are demanding 18 million CFA francs for past fighting to support Alasanne Ouattara.
On the sidelines of this event, the government commissioner said in a statement that the weapons stolen from the home of an adviser to Guillaume Soro during the mutinies of the week spent in Bouaké must be returned to the military authorities before 31 May. Any soldier apprehended in possession of these weapons, not responding to his legal endowment, will be stripped and prosecuted criminally specifies the communique.
On Monday, Minister of Solidarity Marietou Kone came to Bouake to pay tribute to the ex-combatant killed last week by mutinous soldiers, during which she had proposed projects to help set up businesses that Had rekindled the anger of ex-combatants.
The death of men, as the leader of this city, you realize that it will be a lot of work to solve the problem that our own children pose to us so many problems. They are of unheard-of and unstoppable violence …