The West African state of Ivory Coast experienced political turmoil during Dec. 2010 over a disputed national elections. Opposition candidate Alassane Ouattara has been declared the winner by the United Nations Security Council on Dec. 8, 2010., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
Ivory Coast Police Disperse Pro-Gbagbo March
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast
Ivory Coast police fire tear gas to disperse pro-Gbagbo march ahead of ICC hearing
The Associated Press
Police in Ivory Coast fired tear gas to disperse a march by supporters of the country's former President Laurent Gbagbo.
The secretary-general for the youth wing of Gbagbo's party that organized Saturday's march, Justin Koua, said that 16 protesters were arrested, and six others were wounded. Koua said they thought the gathering was permitted, before being told it was banned.
Hundreds gathered Saturday in the economic capital to call for Gbagbo's liberation days before the International Criminal Court will make a decision as to whether he will go to trial for crimes against humanity.
Months of conflict following Ivory Coast's 2010 presidential elections saw at least 3,000 people killed. The violence erupted after Gbagbo refused to leave office despite losing the November 2010 runoff vote to current President Alassane Ouattara.