In an effort to clean up the city of Cotonou, the Beninese authorities are freeing up public spaces illegally occupied by the population. Several homes were destroyed and hundreds of families have become homeless.
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People react on the streets of Cotonou, Benin, following two days of post-election violence that left up to three people dead. Soldiers broke up demonstrations with gunfire around the home of ex-president and election boycott leader Thomas Boni Yayi, which had become a focal point of protests.
Hundreds of protesters take to the streets of Cotonou, economic capital of Benin, in unrest that follows a controversial election held without a single opposition candidate. Much of the activity is centered around the home of former Beninese President Thomas Boni Yayi, who led calls to boycott the election. One woman has died from wounds sustained a day earlier, while a man has been hospitalized with a gunshot wound in his back.
Benin voters cast their ballots in Cotonou for a new parliament but without a single opposition candidate, as rights groups warn of a crackdown in a country once seen as a model for democracy.