I.Coast police 'block opposition rally'

Riot police disperse a crowd during clashes in Abidjan on November 19, 2010Riot police prevented an opposition demo from taking place in Ivory Coast’s main city of Abidjan on Saturday by blocking off the rally site and threatening would-be demonstrators with tear gas, opposition supporters said. One of the protest organisers was arrested, the opposition National Coalition for Change (CNC) told AFP. With a month to go until a presidential election in which President Alassane Ouattara is seeking a controversial second term, the CNC had called on supporters to gather in Abidjan’s Yopougon neighbourhood.

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