Mondomix reports that musicians, singers and actors in the Ivory Coast gathered together on the 31 May 2007, to demonstrate against the widespread piracy of their work. During the demonstration the reggae artist Fadal Dey and the pop musician Gbazza Figaro were knocked unconscious by stones thrown by the bootleggers.
Serious head injuries
The police arrived at the spot, but did nothing to interfere or to protect the artists. “The situation got out of hands and the police arrived”, Dey tells Freemuse. “They broke up the crowd with tear gas. Then the artists headed towards the national television to continue the demonstration but they were violently disunited by the police and even more people were injured.”
The struggle continues
Dey is proud of having defended his rights by demonstrating. But the fight has merely started. “The struggle continues”, he says.
Reggae artist Fadal Dey
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