One Killed, 6 Wounded In Benin After Army Clears Protesters: Health Official
Muhammad Irfan 7 days ago Thu 08th April 2021 | 06:33 PM
One person was killed and six were wounded by gunfire on Thursday, a local health official said, after troops in Benin cleared protesters in a flashpoint town three days before President Patrice Talon seeks re-election
Save, Benin, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 8th Apr, 2021 ) :One person was killed and six were wounded by gunfire on Thursday, a local health official said, after troops in Benin cleared protesters in a flashpoint town three days before President Patrice Talon seeks re-election.
A column of military vehicles arrived early Thursday to disperse demonstrators in the central city of Save, a flarepoint of protests two years ago, where makeshift barricades of trees and tyres blocked a major road.
Troops initially fired tear gas, an AFP correspondent at the scene said, and then more detonations were heard as a soldier fired in the air from an armoured vehicle. It was not clear if they were live or anti-riot rounds.
The director of a local dispensary in Save said he had taken in one dead and six wounded by gunshots.
"All the wounded have been transferred to hospital in Save." Benin, lying between Togo and Nigeria on the Gulf of Guinea, was once praised as a vibrant multi-party democracy in an often troubled region.
But critics say the country spiralled into authoritarianism after Talon was first elected in 2016.
Talon, 62, is campaigning on his economic record, which includes improvements to key infrastructure such as roads, water and energy supplies.
In the final days of campaigning, the economic capital Cotonou was adorned with blue posters of Talon and his running mate, Mariam Talata.
But the usual fervour of presidential campaigns was missing.
"Since the return of the multiparty system in 1990, this is the first time the country has organised a presidential election like this: pluralist in appearance, but without choice in reality," said Expedit Ologou, a Beninese political scientist.
"And where the re-election of the president seems only a formality."