So Now, Who Arrested The President of La Cote d’Ivoire? French Special Forces Or The Rebels? Part 1

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So Now, Who Arrested The President of La Cote d’Ivoire? French Special Forces Or The Rebels? Part One

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Bamba Says Gbagbo Arrested Not By France But Ouattara Forces Inner City Press: http://bit.ly/gl5Yg7 via @addthis
2 hours ago
11th April, 2011 at 01:47:59 AM,
Nine hours ago today, we got the first news that French special forces had stormed the Presidential palace of La Cote d’Ivoire, arrested the constitutionally recognized President of La Cote d’Ivoire and handed him over to the “internationally recognized winner” of the November 28th disputed elections. Matthew Russell Lee of the Inner City Press writes in On Cote d’Ivoire, Bamba Says Gbagbo Arrested Not By France But Ouattara Forces:
 “Multiple reports say that over 30 French tanks (or armored vehicles), each with four to eight French soldiers inside, moved on Gbagbo’s residence on Monday morning, after France and the UN hit it with air strikes overnight. The question of who “made” the arrest is a broader one.”
This exactly how the news was broken to all of us. It is certainly not the same thing as what Bemba is claiming. Earlier on, there had been reports that President Gbagbo was about to surrender to the rebels. This was just three hours after Aljazeera reported that Gbagbo had refused to surrender:
by PanAfricanists
Ivorian leader denies move to surrender – Africa – Al Jazeera English english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/20… via @ajenglish
13 hours ago
Hours before the raid, the lies surrounding Ouatarra’s victory had just began to crumble and tumble down:
PanAfricanists Pan-Africanist Int.
Ouattara may not have won elections-US senator: http://bit.ly/flLGTj via @addthis
10 hours ago
Then just after that we re-tweeted the following:
Abidjan Coted'Ivoire
Abidjan Abidjan Coted’Ivoire
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RT @France24_en French forces have captured Gbagbo, reportedly now at #Ouattara‘s HQ http://f24.my/9Eh7ec #civ2010 #ivorycoast
9 hours ago
Then we saw another tweet from the BBC confirming this:
PanAfricanists Pan-Africanist Int.
BBC News – Ivory Coast: French soldiers ‘hand Gbagbo to rebels’ – http://bbc.in/hfadjU
9 hours ago
It then became outrageously clear that the French impunity was becoming more than just a flagrant disrespect of the entire African continent, particularly West Africans, an overwhelming majority of whom believes there was no winner to the Presidential elections and support the findings of the African Union monitors which the ECOWAS special rapporteur on the the situation in La Cote d’Ivoire, President Blaise Campoore, a dictator who has been in power for over twenty years through a bloody coup d’etat, cutting into two, the body of his own friend Tomas Sankara, chose to ignore. ECOWAS rather chose to give audience to a Korean diplomat of doubtful intentions and abilities, Mr. Choi Young-jin,
Mr. Choi was invited to brief the ECOWAS heads of state about the results of the elections but African monitors were conspicuously absent and uninvited. As soon as Mr. Choi got what he wanted, he was again invited to the UN Security Council, where Mr. Choi put a lot of emphasis on the significance of the decision by ECOWAS to support what he himself had carefully misled them into.
Perhaps, misled is a strong word. Blaise Campoore, Goodluck Jonathan, and Abdulai Wade, were the only three West Africans who gave credence to the Choi-narrative. Now is the time for ordinary West Africans to let them know what we think and know about this.
Are they already changing the narrative after barely a few hours? Are they feeling the heat of such wanton display of impunity by a former colonial thug? Have they told enough lies that they are too tired to corroborate what they say even when they are clearly contradictory?
Why is this so? Does France want to be an occupying colonial force without the desire to be seen to be doing just that? Even after capturing the constitutional President and the Head of State of La Cote d’Ivoire and handing him over to the rebels, instead of flying him to Geneva o hand him over to international prosecutors or the UNOCI, they chose to hand him over to the rebels! This about turn of who captured Gbagbo is also very sinister as France seeks to distance itself from any responsibility as to what happens to President Laurent Gbagbo, the President of La Cote d’Ivoire.
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Bamba Says Gbagbo Arrested Not By France But Ouattara Forces Inner City Press: http://bit.ly/gl5Yg7 via @addthis
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