- Title: Clashes between police and ex-rebels in Ivory Coast kill three
- Date: 23rd May 2017
- Summary: BOUAKE, IVORY COAST (MAY 23, 2017) (REUTERS) TRUCKS QUEUING ON BLOCKED ROAD VARIOUS OF POLICE IN RIOT GEAR WALKING ALONGSIDE THE ROAD WHERE GRENADE EXPLODED VARIOUS OF POLICE STANDING NEAR POLICE TRUCK TRAFFIC DRIVING ALONG THE STREET VARIOUS OF BOUAKE HOSPITAL SIGN READING (French): "CHU (UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL CENTRE) OF BOUAKE" PEOPLE STANDING OUTSIDE HOSPITAL (SOUNDBITE) (French) SPOKESMAN FOR THE BOUAKE EX-REBELS, DIOMADE MEGBE, SAYING: "The minister for family and education came (to a funeral) to give her condolences. When she arrived, in her address, she said things people did not want to hear. She said the government gave us their support and gave their condolences and that she would transmit the feelings we shared with her to the government. But then she said the government is ready to make plans for us. The government has plans for us. And then the room degenerated. No one wants to hear the word 'plans' for the ex-rebels. What we want is the same money that our brothers in the military received." VARIOUS OF PEOPLE WALKING AROUND INSIDE HOSPITAL INJURED PERSON TALKING TO THEIR FAMILY CAMERAMAN TRYING TO FILM INSIDE CUBICLE INJURED MAN LYING ON BED INSIDE CUBICLE
- Embargoed: 6th June 2017 18:48
- Keywords: strike ex-rebel mutiny police grenade unrest Bouake Ivory Coast
- Location: BOUAKE, IVORY COAST
- City: BOUAKE, IVORY COAST
- Country: Ivory Coast
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Civil Unrest
- Reuters ID: LVA0016I2A7UV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Three demobilised ex-rebel fighters were killed in Ivory Coast's second-biggest city of Bouake on Tuesday (May 23), as they clashed with police attempting to end their protest over bonus payments, a policeman and a spokesman for the former fighters said.
The police source said another 20 were wounded, which he believed to be mostly former rebels, and were being treated at the city's main hospital.
Bouake was at the epicentre of two major army mutinies this year that revealed President Alassane Ouattara's tenuous grasp on his military and associated armed groups.
The unrest also affected ports that ship cocoa out of the world's leading producer, causing prices to briefly spike.
Tuesday's violence erupted after former members of a northern rebellion who helped Ouattara to power in 2011 - and are demanding 18 million CFA francs ($30,800) as a reward - blocked the main southern entrance into Bouake. Amadou Ouattara, a spokesman for the ex-rebels, said policemen had fired teargas before shooting into the crowd.
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