As French-led UN forces near victory in favour of Alassane Ouattara, more than 100 members of the Ivorian diaspora protested yesterday - Thursday - outside the Russian embassy, London in favour of Laurent Gbagbo . After similar protests in Paris earlier this week, the demonstators sought to call attention to their perspective, which has received scant media attention.
They claim that there is persistent misrepresentation of the 'facts'. In their view, Gbagbo is the victim of an imperialist plot, with French and UN use of force and Ouattara's links to the French elite, including President Nicolas Sarkozy, cited as evidence.
The images presented of Gbagbo and Ouattara were profoundly different from those commonly found in non-Ivorian media. Gbagbo's racist conception of Ivority was not mentioned, while his anti-imperialist credentials were brought to the fore. Ouattara was portrayed as a Western stooge, rather than the discriminated against technocrat presented in the West.
Think Africa Press interviewed several activists involved with the demonstration. The fullest response to our questions and clearest presentation of the pro-Gbagbo position is in the above video.