Several wounded in anti-army mutiny march in Ivory Coast

Peace and Freedom

AFP, Reuters and France 24

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2017-05-14

At least five people were wounded by gunfire on Sunday during protests in Ivory Coast’s second-biggest city, Bouake, against an army mutiny over bonuses, according to a witness.

Mutinous soldiers have now opened up access to the city, a leader of the uprising and Bouake residents said, allowing vehicles to move in and out for the first time since Friday.

The mutiny began in Bouake and spread quickly to other cities and towns, mirroring an uprising by the same group in January that paralysed parts of Ivory Coast. But popular opposition to the three-day nationwide revolt was gathering momentum.

The soldiers, most of them ex-rebel fighters who fought to bring President Alassane Ouattara to power, cut off access to Bouake, defying the army chief, who threatened severe punishment if they did not return to barracks.

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