Some 2,000 Ivorians rally in support of Kadhafi

13th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Some 2,000 Ivorians in a suburb loyal to strongman Laurent Gbagbo rallied in support of Libya's embattled leader Moamer Kadhafi who is fighting an insurgency, an AFP journalist witnessed Sunday.

During the protest in the Yopougon stadium in the east of the capital, a stronghold of Gbagbo who has refused to step down after November elections, French flags were burned in protest against the policies of Nicolas Sarkozy.

The French president is at the frontline of anti-Kadhafi diplomacy, as well as being the foreign head of state who is the most reviled by Gbagbo's supporters.

"We are disgusted by the attitude of Nicolas Sarkozy. We are disgusted by his interference in Libya," said Jean Gervais Tchiffie Zie, an Ivorian leader of the Forum of Kings and Sultans of Africa established by Kadhafi, which organised the rally.

"We warn him because it is the wrath of kings which will befall him," said Tchiffie Zie, dressed in royal regalia.

Gbagbo refuses to cede power to rival Alassane Ouattara despite being widely recognised as having lost a November 28 election.

His supporters accuse Sarkozy of being one of the architects of international sanctions against his regime in the former French colony.

© 2011 AFP

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