"Spontaneous identity checks are held at some roadblocks in Abidjan"
Jean-Marie Kouadio lives in Abidjan
I had to leave neighbourhood of Treichville because I was afraid for my safety. During the past few days, no one has known what to expect. Some youths from Abodo, a pro-Ouattara neighbourhood, have come to reinforce the roadblocks in the area.
Spontaneous checks have been going on since Monday at some roadblocks. They check the identity cards of pedestrians and block those who are from the West of the country, a region traditionally in favour of Gbagbo. Ivorians from the north, known for being Ouattara supporters, and Ivorians from the centre, known for supporting Bédie (first round candidate Henri Konan Bédié backed Ouattara in the second round of the election) are allowed to pass. The blocked persons are outnumbered and do not dare resist.
Most of the residents respect the 10pm to 5am curfew, that has been in place since December 6. But the schools are closed and so are most shops. The only places you can buy food are small neighbourhood markets that sell basic goods like rice, oil and sugar.
There are many police officers in the street, but they do not seem sufficiently equipped to deal with the protestors. They have tried to subdue those who are manning the barricades and to leave the main routes. But as soon as they leave, the roadblocks are back again. The police fired shots into the air in Treichville, but not with the intention of killing. However, I learned via Facebook that two people were killed in Abidjan this weekend.
Since Sunday, I have taken refuge in a friend's house in the Portbouet neighbourhood where the situation is calmer."
All photos sent by one of our Observers in Abidjan.