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Cote d'Ivoire: Five Killed, Peacekeepers Beat Retreat on Third Day of Anti-UN Protests (allAfrica.com)
UN Integrated Regional Information Networks
January 18, 2006
Five people were killed and hundreds of UN peacekeepers forced to abandon base on Wednesday as anti-UN protests swept government-held southern Cote d'Ivoire for a third straight day. After repeated attacks on UN compounds, vehicles and offices, a UN official said civilian personnel were being concentrated in central locations. "The security of staff remains our primary concern," he said. As angry protesters loyal to President Laurent Gbagbo took over state television and broadcast calls for mass anti-UN demonstrations in the street, Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, who also heads the African Union, flew in to help defuse the sudden crisis shortly before nightfall. The main city Abidjan was paralysed for the third straight day by road blocks thrown up by angry youths loyal to Gbagbo.
A spokesman for the New Forces rebel movement, Sidiki Konate, meanwhile warned that the country was on the edge of war and said the UN withdrawal from Guiglo and Duekoue meant local populations had been left with no protection. "If the UN leave Duekoue, if they leave Guiglo, then what about the population that are left behind? We are left on the brink of civil war!" he told IRIN. "This is not just about UN soldiers. This is about the lives of millions of Ivorians that the UN are supposed to be protecting."
At a hillside hotel transformed into UN headquarters, UN troops fired tear gas grenades and live bullets to warn off a crowd of protestors that has swollen from several hundred in the morning by over a 1,000 by the afternoon.