- Title: Bouake residents venture out after mutineers lift blockade
- Date: 16th May 2017
- Summary: BOUAKE, IVORY COAST (MAY 16, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PEOPLE AND VEHICLES TRAVELLING ALONG STREET AT CENTRAL MARKET (SOUNDBITE) (French) RESIDENT, MODIBO DIALLO, SAYING: "Bouake is suffering a lot since the start of the rebellion. Even if the people of Bouake don't support President Alassane, it doesn't mean they have to take up arms at the drop of a hat and do what they want. We are fed up, it's too much. They are just boys. They should just leave their weapons and negotiate. You don't negotiate with weapons." (SOUNDBITE) (French) BIKE-TAXI DRIVER, MOISE COULBALY, SAYING: "Bouake is well behind at the moment. We try and move forward but because of all these problems we just don't know what to do any more." VEHICLES TRAVELLING ALONG ROAD (SOUNDBITE) (French) BIKE-TAXI DRIVER MOISE COULBALY SAYING, "We are resourceful. But if we can't drive our motorbike taxis we can't do anything, we can't eat. And with this situation in Bouake it's a real crisis, we are tired of everything that is going on now. Thank God we managed to get out today and we can see the situation is a little better and there are no shots being fired, so we pray to God that it stays calm." VARIOUS OF ECOBANK CLOSED VARIOUS OF PEOPLE AND VEHICLES TRAVELLING DOWN ROAD
- Embargoed: 30th May 2017 14:52
- Keywords: bonus pay blockade soldiers government mutiny Ivory Coast
- Location: BOUAKE, IVORY COAST
- City: BOUAKE, IVORY COAST
- Country: Ivory Coast
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Civil Unrest
- Reuters ID: LVA0016H39TFR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Bouake residents returned to work on Tuesday afternoon (May 16) after mutineers who were in a pay dispute with the government agreed to return to their barracks.
The leaders of the nationwide military mutiny in Ivory Coast have accepted a government proposal on bonus payments and police have retaken control of roads blocked by the mutineers.
Some residents said they were fed up with the repeated mutinies which were paralysing the Ivory Coast's second biggest city, and an important trade road.
Under the proposal accepted by the soldiers, 8,400 mutineers - mostly former rebel fighters who helped President Alassane Ouattara to power - will receive an immediate bonus payment of 5 million CFA francs ($8,400). Another 2 million CFA francs will then be paid at the end of next month.
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