March 14, 1997 |
Secessionists pulled down Comoran flags, raised the red flag of an 18th century sultan and set up roadblocks on the Indian Ocean island of Anjouan, witnesses said. They said the island was brought to a standstill for a second consecutive day by protesters setting up roadblocks and burning tires on the road from the main airport in Anjouan to the regional capital of Mutsamulu. Businesses and government offices remained closed.
December 8, 1989 |
European mercenaries crushed a popular uprising on the Comoros and tightened their grip on the Indian Ocean island group amid rumors of an imminent French expedition to oust them. Hours after street protests erupted against mercenary control of the islands, foreign journalists were expelled to Kenya. Hundreds of Comorans, blaming French mercenaries for the Nov. 26 killing of President Ahmed Abdallah, had marched in the capital, Moroni, to demand that the Europeans leave.
October 1, 1995 |
Foreign mercenaries and army rebels who toppled the government of the Comoro Islands were reported firmly in control Saturday as life edged back toward normal in the archipelago off Africa's eastern coast. With increasing desperation, the overthrown government and an opposition party appealed for international help in driving out the mercenaries. But none appeared forthcoming. Mercenaries led by Bob Denard, a 66-year-old Frenchman, seized power Thursday and captured the president.
October 2, 1995 |
Moroni, the capital of the Comoro Islands, was quiet, three days after a coup led by foreign mercenaries, and a military officer claimed that he--and not the soldiers of fortune--controls the archipelago off Africa's eastern coast. Capt. Combo Ayouba, imprisoned until Thursday's takeover because of his part in a 1992 coup attempt, said he plotted from his cell, using emissaries to hire French mercenary Bob Denard to lead the putsch. The army now appears to be firmly in support of the coup.
August 4, 1991 |
The president of the Comoros says he is still in control despite an attempt to oust him using the same constitutional clause that brought him to power in the Indian Ocean republic two years ago. Said Mohamed Djohar told citizens of the impoverished archipelago in a radio address Saturday to stay calm and said those responsible for trying to oust him will be brought to justice, Information Minister Mohamed Adamo said.
September 30, 1995 |
As forces loyal to French mercenary Bob Denard continued to battle for control of the tiny Indian Ocean republic of the Comoro Islands on Friday, France placed its armed forces in the region on alert and negotiated for the safe evacuation of hundreds of tourists. The coup attempt is a reprise of three previous efforts by the legendary Denard to take over the former French colony, where he wielded power behind the scenes for a decade until his ouster in 1989.