Armed soldiers and policemen were still visible Tuesday in the streets of Cotonou, the economic capital of Benin, and especially around the home of former head of state Boni Yayi epicenter of post-election violence in Benin. last week.
Armored army vehicles and several police vehicles were still stationed near the house in the downtown area of Cadjéhoun.
“This is a very difficult situation to live,” told AFP Armel Zohoun, a local resident, who wonders “until when will it last, this situation”.
“It’s hard to sleep with guns at your bedside and wake up in the morning with armed police and military,” complains the bank clerk.
Last week, the army blocked all access around the home of the former president, who had called for boycotting the legislative elections of April 28, and then to cancel the electoral process, to denounce the absence of the opposition.
Since the beginning of the events, Boni Yayi has remained inside his residence.
Call for help
One of his relatives says that “it is now impossible to access the home of President Yayi Boni without having declined his identity”.
Boni Yayi himself, in a letter he addressed to several heads of state of the subregion, including Macky Sall (Senegal) and Muhammadu Buhari (Nigeria) wrote that “his home is constantly surrounded with a circulation continuous tanks “.
“I appeal to your leadership for emergency measures to ensure my safety, that of my family and opponents,” added the former president in a call for help.
The exclusion of the opposition from the legislative elections, which saw a record rate of abstention, resulted in a series of protests in the country that resulted in several deaths, 7 according to the opposition, in Cotonou and Kandi (North).