Pathetic Leader Scared of Marching Women

via Ivory Coast forces kill at least six women protesters – The Globe and Mail.

[A]n African strongman clings to power and his forces have killed hundreds. Desperate inhabitants have turned to a new tactic in Abidjan: strength in weakness. Daily women’s marches have been held in neighbourhoods across the city, with slogans that don’t support either man claiming to be president. The women simply called for the killing to stop.

Their call went unheard and at least six women were killed Thursday when incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo’s Republican Guard opened fire.

Tribal differences are being exploited by the leaders, AK-47s are being passed out to teenagers, and all out war seems to be looming on the horizon.

The UN says that more than 200,000 people have fled Abobo, on the outskirts of Abidjan, and as many as 76 have been killed there since the fighting started.

The banks have closed, and gas, water, and electricity have been shut off in the north where Ouattara’s supporters live.

African leaders have been working for some resolution since last November, but nothing has changed except the level of violence against the citizens.

Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and other Arab nations have taken center stage, and Cote d’Ivoire has been pushed aside.  But people are suffering there, and they hope for a new president, and peace.




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