I’ve just talked to a few friends in Abidjan and here’s what they are saying:
- In a neighbourhood in Yopougon last night, houses where people of the ethnic group Dioula live were again marked with crosses. They had a neighbourhood meeting about it, where the non-Dioulas of the neighbourhood denied any involvement in the markings. My friend thinks some non-Dioulas did the markings but don’t want to acknowledge it for fear of retribution.
- Gunshots heard today on the first Yopougon bridge leading to the Plateu district.
- Jet fighters flyovers over Abidjan heard yesterday.
- No water or electricity in Abobo confirmed by several people I talked to.
- The Ivorian FDS forces are mostly standing by, no longer supporting Gbagbo like before. Twitterer “Mareeblanche” writes: Abidjan:Ble Goudé au jeunes patriotes:”les fds ont echoué,a vous de faire le travail!traquez les rhdp partout en abidjan”! [Ble Goude to the Young Patriots militia: “The FDS have failed, it’s up to you to do the work! Hunt down the RHDP everywhere in Abidjan”] which, while alarming, would support what my friends are saying.
- The pro-Ouattara “Commando Fognon*” is in control of Abobo. *Fognon means wind in Dioula.
- Many new roadblocks manned by pro-Gbagbo militia set up in Abidjan, very hostile to foreigners and Ivorians with names from the northern part of the country.