Human Rights

Ivory Coast soldiers mutiny spreads to Abidjan

A mutiny by Ivory Coast soldiers over pay has spread to the commercial capital Abidjan, with soldiers taking over the country’s army headquarters.

They fired in the air as they took control of the base in the city’s Plateau district. The mutiny began on Friday in the central city of Bouake.

It then spread to a number of military camps around the country.

Talk on protest demand

Defence Minister Alain-Richard Donwahi has gone to Bouake to discuss the protesters’ demands.

An MP in the city said that the soldiers wanted $8,000 and a house each.”

Report says the mutiny brings back memories of Ivory Coast’s 10-year civil war, which ended in 2011.

Some of the mutineers are thought to be former rebels who joined the army after the conflict. The rebels were based in Bouake.

On Saturday army mutinying soldiers took over the military HQ in Plateau after army chiefs had already fled.

Source: Voice of Nigeria