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Women Said to Be Killed at Ivory Coast Protest
Posted by Editor on Mar 04, 2011 | Comments Off
Adam Nossiter | The New York Times | 3 March 2011:
Abidjan, Ivory Coast — At least six women were shot dead here on Thursday as they protested against the continued rule of Laurent Gbagbo, according to witnesses and the United Nations.
The women were taking part in one of a number of all-women marches that have sprung up here over the past week in response to Mr. Gbagbo’s refusal to cede power after losing a presidential election last year. Previously, these marches have been dispersed by troops firing in the air.
But on Thursday, Mr. Gbagbo’s forces responded to the demonstration in the tense Abobo neighborhood by shooting into the marching crowd of hundreds of women, two witnesses said. Six were killed instantly in the machine-gun fire, others were wounded, and the marchers dispersed in a panic, the witnesses said. Amateur video taken on the spot appeared to confirm their account.
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