Several hundred young people blocked the streets of Cotonou, the economic capital of Benin, to protest against the attempt to arrest opposition politician Candide Azannai, local media reported Monday.
They barricaded the road between Cotonou and Lome by setting fire to tires and vehicles.
Besides the riot of youths, several opposition figures, including outgoing Parliament Speaker Mathurin Nago and the first deputy mayor of Cotonou Leahady Soglo, also strongly protested against the attempt to arrest Azannai, a member of parliament of Unite the Nation.
Retired Gen. Ferdinand Amoussou said that the attempted arrest of Azannai is “severe and could lead the country into a crisis with unforeseeable consequences.”
“I urge the head of state to take immediate steps to restore calm and to spare our country from falling into violence,” he said, urging the security forces to show professionalism and be politically neutral in carrying out the tasks assigned to them.
According to media reports, men in uniforms visited the house of Azannai in Cotonou on Monday morning to give him a summon. Enditem