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Demobilized ex-rebels block entrance to Ivory Coast's second largest city, Bouake

Demobilized ex-rebels block entrance to Ivory Coast's second largest city, Bouake

Ivory Coast

A new wave of protest by ex-rebels in Ivory Coast.

In a bid to stage a riot ,access to the South of the city of Bouaké has been blocked by hundreds of these ex-rebels. A similar riot was staged in January.

Demobilized rebel fighters are demanding the payment of 27,000 euros per person, as a sign of recognition on the part of the Government.

Unlike the mutineers last January, this group is no longer part of the army and in principle, should not touch the bonuses promised to soldiers who had revolted.

These soldiers are part of the rebellion that held the North of ivory coast from 2002 to 2011 and supported president Alassane Ouattara in the 2010 post-election crisis.

Some of these rebels have been integrated into the Ivorian army during a process of (DDR) demobilization, disarmament and reintegration.

This is just another demonstration after the ex-rebels were integrated into the army, they had paralysed several cities to demand payment of bonuses.

Under pressure, the government had promised to pay 8 000 euros to each of the 8 500 former rebels, of which EUR 7 500 was paid before February 5.

This had paved the way for many mutinies, including those among the police and special forces who were particularly not pleased by this agreement.

Clashes that took place in the aftermath, left four dead in Yamoussoukro, in central Ivory Coast.

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