AFRICA/IVORY COST - The protests of the mutinied military continues; in Odienne the Bishop joins the mediation

Monday, 15 May 2017

Abidjan (Agenzia Fides) – In Abidjan and Bouaké the military have taken to the streets and continue protesting by shooting in the air and terrorizing the population.
The mutinied demand the payment of the remainder of the government's bonus in January when a similar mutiny had occurred.
According to information sent to Agenzia Fides, in Odienne His Exc. Mgr. Antoine Koné, intervened together with the head of the canton in order to convince the local soldiers of the local barracks to return some stolen vehicles to the local administration and stop the shootings in the streets.
The youth in Odienné, exasperated by the great disturbance of civilian life, were ready to take to the streets but were dissuaded by the Bishop and the authorities. Negotiation with the mutinied continues so that Odienné can return to calm.
The economic situation in Côte d'Ivoire has deteriorated due to the collapse in cocoa prices, the Country's main source of foreign currency. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 15/5/2017)