Monday, December 6, 2010
All's Not Quiet on the West African Front
And what, you might ask, does this have to do with Paris? Well, because the Côte d'Ivoire was once a French colony, Paris is home to a number of expatriates and immigrants from there. Just how many I can't tell you because the French Republic doesn't keep numbers on that sort of thing. Suffice it to say that on Saturday, despite the frigid temperatures, somewhere between 100 and 500 protesters assembled by the embassy of the Côte d'Ivoire to signal their displeasure with Gbagbo's actions. The police were out in force and fully prepared for the worst, dressed in full riot gear, blocking off access to the embassy for several blocks on either side with both their large white vans and lines of police officers carrying plexiglass shields. I was in too much of a hurry to stop to photograph the scene (and frankly a little worried about how that might be perceived). Yesterday morning, as you can see from the photo above, all was quiet.