Cote d’ Ivoire ALERT: Supporters of Laurent Gbagbo destroy pro-Ouattara newspapers

A group of supporters of Laurent Gbagbo in Blockhauss, a village in Cocody, a suburb of Abidjan, on March 7, 2011 destroyed copies of pro-Ouattara newspapers on sale.

The pro-Ouattara newspapers returned to the newsstands after a week of absence protest against what they described as “intimidation” and “harassment” by pro-Gbagbo authorities.

The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA)’s correspondent reported that the supporters, mainly youths of Blockhauss, ransacked all the newsstands in the village and chased their managers away.

The correspondent said the supporters also expressed their determination to ban all the pro-Ouattara newspapers from circulation in the area.

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