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-Simone Gbagbo is the mother of Ivorian democracy 
- Founder of a non-armed resistance movement as a strategy for reform
- Scholar of African oral literature and culture
- One of the five co-founders in 1982 of the clandestine version of the political party, Ivorian Popular Front ( FPI ) under the then one party dictatorship
- First Lady of Cote d’Ivoire (2000-2011), former vice-President of FPI and House Representative of Abobo at the Ivorian National Assembly
-Since 2000 she has been the target of a major smear campaign orchestrated by main stream media, western NGOs and institutions
-Simone wrote her biography in 2007 Paroles d'honneur
-Imprisoned in 2011 following a western backed regime change orchestrated by Alassane Ouattara her trial for crimes against humanity was held in 2016  and she was acquitted in 2017 of all charges  war crimes and crimes against humanity, but that decision was overturned in July 2018.

Although in seven years no charges were found against her, nor any evidence of crime,  the International Criminal Court (#ICC), in what some call beaching double jeopardy, are still calling for her transfer to The Hague
- Simone Gbagbo was also accused of attempting to destabalize the state (although she was at the time First Lady) and was condemned to 20 years in prison. Till this day she does not know for which specific facts she is accused.



























Simone Gbagbo was released after seven years of detention on 8 August 2018. 


The First Lady of Cote d'Ivoire, Simone Gbagbo, was imprisoned for seven years and persecuted for being an idealist,  democrat, socialist and a partisan of sovereignty. 



Charles Blé Goudé, the leader of Pan African Congress of Young Patriots (COJEP) holding a two day prayer sit in with a mattress calling for a peaceful resolution of the crisis on 25 of March 2011, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire as the rebels were advancing from the North.

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