THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Hundreds of supporters of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo protested outside the International Criminal Court Saturday, saying there can be no peace in his country until he is released.
Busloads of mainly Ivorian protesters from countries including France and Belgium pulled up outside the court’s headquarters for the peaceful demonstration that was watched over by Dutch police.
Protesters wore T-shirts bearing texts including, “No Gbagbo No Peace,” and “President Gbagbo, your people are behind you.”
Gbagbo was extradited to the court last month to face charges of murder, rape and other crimes allegedly committed by his supporters as he clung to power after last year’s elections.
“Laurent Gbagbo does not belong here, he belongs in the presidential palace,” said