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Young Patriots (Cote d'Ivoire)

Name assigned by coder: no
PGM ID Number: 43
Country: Cote d'Ivoire
Date formed: Sept. 22, 2002
Details of Formation: More than his own political party (the Ivorian Patriotic Front, FPI) these are the people who have kept him in power ever since the September 2002 attack. This extremely violent attack was carried out on the night of 22nd September 2002, while Mr Gbagbo was out of the country, a group of soldiers simultaneously attacked Abidjan and some of the major cities.
Date dissolved: Unknown
Details of Termination: civil war 'ended' 2007; some demobilization/disarming, but group apparently not disbanded. Reports of group activity through August 2009.
Successor group(s): none
Private Military Company? no
Government Relation: type1
Government Link(s): person/minister; political party
Training and Equipment yes
Shared Information and Joint Operations yes
Shared personnel unclear
Types of Material Support: domestic government; plunder and loot
State Sponsor(s): none
Other Connection(s):
Membership: unemployed; adolescents; students
Location: Abidjan, Daloa, Guiglo, and San Pedro
Force Strength: [unknown, 12000]
Target(s): civilians; unarmed political opposition, government critics; rebels, insurgents, or other armed group; ethnic group; foreigners; journalists
Purpose(s): protect state, national or religious leader(s); self-defense and security; intimidation of ethnic/religious groups
Other Information: aka. Congres Panafricain des Jeunes Patriotes (COJEP) aka. New Patriots aka. Pan-African Congress of Young Patriots