People living in Abidjan are angry and turning violent over the hundreds of tons of shipping sludge illegally dumped near their homes. In the past few days they have beaten up the minister of transport and burned the home of the port director. Twenty-six thousand Ivoirians have sought treatment for headaches and vomiting and difficulty breathing. The BBC took this powerful photo and reported that burning barricades have been set up around the city.
Meanwhile, Côte d’Ivoire’s President Laurent Gbagbo is un-rsvp-ing to a UN meeting on the future of his country next week. His opposition to the meeting seems to be that he 1) doesn’t want peace and 2) doesn’t like the part of the plan that calls for open presidential elections within a year.