New wave of protests hit key cities in Ivory Coast

New wave of protests hit key cities in Ivory Coast

Students are striking in key Ivorian cities Monday, including in Abidjan where soldiers barricaded the streets.

The teachers have a laundry list of demands as part of a two-week civil service strike to demand better pay and pensions from the government of Alassane Ouattara to meet before they can return to their classes.

“We urge our government to settle the teachers’ demands so our classes can restart,” said a student spokesman, Amadou Soto.

Teachers remained at home as school children disrupt traffic and blocked roads.

The strikes follow deadly protests across the country last week by security forces and troops that left four dead, shut down Abidjan port, one of Africa’s biggest, and disrupted business in the world’s top cocoa producer.

The government is close to sealing a deal with the security forces who were rebelling about their unpaid bonuses. Protesters also appeared to be inspired by the mutineers.

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