Thursday, December 18, 2003

Cote d'Ivoire: 250 guys all dressed up and with nowhere to go

Remember how Eugene Djue and 100,000 of his Young Patriots were going to march on rebel held towns yesterday ...

Well, only 200 to 250 guys showed up ... and then their buses didn't show up ... so they went back home.

Worth mentioning that President Gbagbo also gave a speech calling on people to be patient ...
"I ask all the youths to listen to us, to look at us and not to hinder us by actions that the military will not understand," Gbagbo said.

...Gbagbo's conciliatory speech seemed designed to cool spirits -- previously the "young patriots" have called off demonstrations and protests when asked by the president.

"We are at the end of the war -- very soon, I will declare the end of the war because the structures of war like the roadblocks and heavy weapons are being taken down," Gbagbo said.

Gbagbo was speaking after a meeting with army officers and rebel leaders to take stock of progress in disarmament. Both sides have until December 25 to pull back heavy weapons.
The rebels have said they will meet in Bouake on Monday to discuss a possible end to their boycott of the transitional government.