Security forces disrupt protest by opposition

Security forces disrupt protest by opposition

01 Jan 2019, by Kez@ClosingSpaces in CS Database

Incidents & Issues

A “coalition of opposition parties”, Together for Democracy and Sovereignty (EDS), had planned a demonstration against the then-upcoming Senate elections and the Independent Electoral Commission, accusing the latter of being biased towards the government. However, police officers chased demonstrators as they were going to the starting point, fired tear gas at them, and continued chasing them around the neighbourhood for three hours. Twelve or more people were arrested, including one who was being interviewed by journalists.

Details of Occurrence

Country of OccurrenceCote d'Ivoire
Date of Occurrence22 Mar 2017
Security Agents InvolvedGendarmes
Legal FoundationsArticles 7, 19 and 20 of the 2016 constitution.
Rights ImplicatedProtection from arbitrary arrest, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and peaceful demonstration.

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