April 2011: A moment of silence for the victims of Cote d’Ivoire

La Cote d'Ivoire
La Cote d’Ivoire

In memory of the victims of the post-electoral crisis of 2011 in Côte d’Ivoire, I selected this movie titled “A minute of silence from Côte d’Ivoire” for you.  Everyone remembers those days in early April 2011, and in particular 11 April, when the planes of the ONUCI and the French army bombed all strategic sites in Abidjan including the military camps, the TV station, and the presidential palace, killing thousands, and dragging the president out like a mere bandit.  Now, to have just one side of the post-electoral crisis present at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague is simply a farce!  To have Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé at the Hague is a farce, when we all know that the violence grew out of a contentious presidential election between two parties.  Where are Alassane Ouattara and Guillaume Soro?  It is also sad to note that only Africans are being judged at The Hague, when crimes were also committed in Irak, Afghanistan, Syria, etc.  This video is to all the victims of the post-electoral crisis of Côte d’Ivoire, to all those who stood for their convictions, to all those who believed in casting a peaceful vote, and to all those who believed in their beautiful country, peace to all.

 

La Bataille pour le Contrôle d’Abidjan

La Côte d'Ivoire
La Côte d'Ivoire

A la veille du deuxième tour des élections en Côte d’Ivoire qui verra soit Laurent Gbagbo ou Alassane Ouattara être élu président de la Côte d’Ivoire, j’ai trouvé qu’il n’y avait rien de tel qu’une petite historique sur le conflit qui sévit en Côte d’Ivoire depuis 2001, et ses principaux acteurs. Le documentaire que vous allez voir a été produit par la chaine Arte, et fait lumière sur la bataille pour le contrôle d’Abidjan. De nombreux acteurs tels le defunt président Houphouët Boigny, le defunt général Robert Guéï, le président actuel du CI Laurent Gbagbo, l’ancient PM Alassane Ouattara, et l’ancien président du CI Konan Bédié (et son ivoirité), la France, le Liberia de Charles Taylor,  et le Burkina Faso de Blaise Compaoré y figurent.

Ivory Coast Flag
Ivory Coast Flag

A few days before the second round of elections in Ivory Coast, which will see either Laurent Gbagbo or Alassane Ouattara become president, I thought that a little turn down memory lane will be more than appropriate. The following documentary is from the channel Arte, and details the battle for the control of Abidjan and its numerous actors among which the first president of Ivory Coast Houphouet Boigny, General Robert Guei, President Laurent Gbagbo, ex-PM Alassane Ouattara, ex-president Konan Bedie, France, Liberia of Charles Taylor, and the Burkina Faso of Compaore. Enjoy!

N’oubliez pas de regarder Parties 2, 3, et 4.