Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Cote d’Ivoire: Further protests, roadblocks possible following confrontations in Abidjan’s Port-Bouet district Feb. 23

Event

Further protests are possible in the Abattoir neighborhood of Abidjan’s Port-Bouet over the coming days after confrontations that occurred Feb. 23. Demonstrations broke out after officials from the Ivorian Electrical Company (CIE) accompanied by police arrived at the location to perform checks for possible electricity theft. Protesters reportedly blocked roads and clashed with security forces, prompting traffic disruptions in the area. Police used teargas in an attempt to disperse crowds. No casualties have been reported.

Authorities will likely maintain a heightened security presence in the affected area until the potential for any further protests and associated clashes abates.

Advice

Consider avoiding the Port-Bouet’s Abattoir neighborhood in Abidjan until authorities have fully secured the area and given the all-clear. Allow additional to reach destinations in the Port-Bouet district, especially if heading to the Felix Houphouet-Boigny International Airport (ABJ). Heed the advice of security officials.

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