科特迪瓦政府与要求加薪的叛乱士兵达成协议

编辑:给力英语新闻 更新:2017年1月8日 作者:美国之音双语新闻(VOA News)

叛乱士兵控制了科特迪瓦的布瓦凯市(2017年1月6日)
叛乱士兵控制了科特迪瓦的布瓦凯市(2017年1月6日) (Mutinous soldiers are seen at a checkpoint in Bouake, Ivory Coast, Jan. 6, 2017. )

科特迪瓦总统阿拉萨纳·瓦塔拉說,他和叛乱士兵星期六签署了一项结束军人叛乱的协议,但是协议在之后不到两小时就似乎摇摇欲坠。

在周五晚上发起叛乱的北部城市布瓦凯,士兵们指责总统作出的有关满足他们财政要求的保证不够充分。一群愤怒的士兵在一处政府设施外,用卡拉希尼科夫步枪和其它重型武器向天空扫射,他们把该国国防部长和其他官员围困在大楼内,直到星期六晚上。

发自现场的报道说,除了国防部长阿兰·理查德·东瓦伊之外,人质当中还有布瓦凯市市长,其他政府代表以及当地的一些记者。人们可以听见士兵们高喊他们要求立即而不是下周支付承诺給他们的现金奖励。

但是,几个小时之后,国防部长和其他人员都被释放。之前有报道援引东瓦伊的话说,抗议者的要求“可以理解但令人遗憾”。东瓦伊获释后立即前往机场,离开了该市。

星期六早些时候,科特迪瓦的商业首都阿比让的一个军营出现枪击。士兵们堵住了主要道路,使人想起两年前发生的几乎相同的士兵叛乱。尽管该国两个最大城市的局势非常紧张,但还没有向市民开枪或人员伤亡的报道。

布瓦凯爆发士兵叛乱不到两小时前,瓦塔拉总统曾宣布他将满足叛乱士兵的要求。他没有提供细节,但要求所有军人返回军营。全国电视台报道说,有关方面考虑了叛乱士兵提出的给予现金奖励,改善其生活条件的要求。

Peace Declared in Ivory Coast After Soldiers' 2-Day Revolt

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara says he has reached an agreement with rebellious soldiers to end a brief mutiny Saturday, but the deal appeared to be on the verge of crumbling less than two hours later.

In Bouake, the northern city where the uprising began late Friday, soldiers denounced as insufficient the president's assurances that their financial demands would be met. Firing volleys into the air from Kalashnikov rifles and heavy weapons outside a government facility, a mob of angry soldiers trapped the nation's defense minister and other officials inside the building nuntil late Saturday evening.

In addition to Defense Minister Alain-Richard Donwahi, the mayor of Bouake city, other government representatives and local journalists were among those held hostage, reports from the scene said. Soldiers could be heard shouting that they wanted promised cash bonuses paid immediately, not next week.

After several hours, however, the defense minister and the others were released. Donwahi, who had earlier been quoted as saying the protesters' demands were "understandable but regrettable," headed to the airport immediately and left town.

Earlier Saturday, shooting broke out at a military base in Abidjan, Ivory Coast's commercial capital, and soldiers barricaded key roads there, evoking memories of a nearly identical mutiny by soldiers two years ago. However, amid the tensions in the country's two largest cities, there were no reports of shots being directed at people, or any casualties.

Less than two hours before the outburst by soldiers in Bouake, President Ouattara announced he would meet the rebellious soldiers' demands. He gave no details but asked all members of the military to return to their barracks. National television reported the settlement took into account the mutineers' "demands relating to bonuses and improving the living conditions of soldiers."