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Abidjan resident tells euronews of fear

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There has been a steady flow of residents heading out of Abidjan since Laurent Gbagbo was arrested, fearful that the future in the main city in Ivory Coast will be a violent one.

euronews spoke to an Iranian businessman who lives in the centre of the city not far from the television station. He wanted to remain anonymous.

“It’s been 12 days now that we haven’t been able to leave our home. We have 20 kilos of rice, and some potatoes, but the shops have only been opening for half a day these last few days.

People queue outside to go in and buy provisions, but there’s not much left.

Since they arrested Gbagbo, we’ve heard some shooting, but today we haven’t been outside because we didn’t know what was going on.”

Even though the four month electoral standoff over the disputed presidential vote came to an end with Gbagbo’s arrest, partisan rifts still run deep.

And loyalties among the many armed vigilante groups in Ivory Coast do not always fall simply into pro-Gbagbo or pro-Ouattara camps.