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Vol 45 No 10

Published 14th May 2004

Côte d'Ivoire

Season of hate

UN rapporteurs, peacekeepers and diplomats may hold the key to the crisis

Few punches are pulled in a leaked United Nations report on the brutal suppression of a demonstration on 25 March. It concludes that the government used the opposition march as a pretext for a pre-planned operation against its critics (AC Vol 45 Nos 7 & 8). At least 120 people died; another 20 are still missing; the investigators could not check out reports of mass graves. The report broadly supports the opposition, while blaming opposition leaders for staying away from the march and sending out their supporters to face obvious risks.

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