Ivory Coast: Rebel soldiers block access to second-largest city

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© AFP/File | Rebellious Ivorian soldiers took to the streets on May 12, 2017 in Bouake, the economic capital of Abidjan and another city demanding pay increases

BOUAKÉ (IVORY COAST) (AFP) – Defiant soldiers blocked access to Ivory Coast’s second-largest city on Saturday after firing guns into the air throughout the night, according to an AFP journalist at the scene.

Rebellious soldiers had already taken to the streets Friday in Bouake, the economic capital of Abidjan and another city demanding pay increases.

The city of Bouake was the epicentre of a mutiny in January by former rebel soldiers who had been integrated into the army, which triggered months of unrest.

“We want our money,” a soldier wearing a facemask said Saturday, refusing to give his name.

The soldiers forced the police who normally control the four main access points to Bouake to flee, before taking up positions and blocking all…

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