Ivorians wounded in anti-French riots ready to fight

Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Several Ivorians wounded during the 6-9 November anti-French riots in Abidjan on Wednesday assured President Laurent Gbagbo of the readiness to return to the streets if France persists in its attempt to topple him "Although my foot has been amputated, I am prepared to use clutches to walk to the front so as to liberate the country," asserted Jean Claude Sodoua (29), whose leg was a hit by a bullet during those anti-French riots in the Ivorian business capital.
Sodoua was speaking to the Ivorian president, who went to console patients wounded during the protest against French peacekeepers early last month currently hospitalised in three University Teaching Hospitals.
Gbagbo got a hilarious welcome from medical workers as he visited all the rooms reserved for the hospitalised "patriots" at the three university hospitals.
"I was surprised by the large number of people with gunshot wounds among the victims of the 6-9 November demonstrations," he said.
Meanwhile, about 60 other patients with diverse injuries who met President Gbagbo on arrival at the Cocody teaching hospital declared that they would never let French troops choose a president on behalf of the Ivorian people.
"We shall stand in the way of these soldiers if they persist in their logic of a coup plot," the wounded persons added.
During the early November riots, a big number of civilian supporters of President Gbagbo were wounded as they marched in Abidjan to protest the destruction of the entire Ivorian airforce fleet by French troops.
The French army took this initiative after the killing of eight French soldiers during an aerial bombardment by an Ivorian fighter against French positions in Bouaké, 349 km north of Abidjan, the stronghold of former rebels, or New Forces.
    Police sources indicated that over 60 people were shot dead and 1,000 others wounded during the early November anti-French demonstrations.

29 december 2004 20:12:00

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