>> Defying government orders to lay down their weapons. Mutinous soldiers opening heavy fire on Monday in Ivory Coast's two largest cities. As the nationwide military revolt reaches its fourth day, pro-government forces trying to control the escalating violence and turmoil. More than 200 commercial trucks stranded outside the city of after rebels blocked off entry from the south.
The mutineers are locked in a pay dispute with the government. Most are former rebel fighters that helped President Alassane Ouattara to power in 2011. They now make up over a third of Ivory Coast's army. The violence comes after a similar uprising in January. Then soldiers were promised the equivalent of over 8,000 US dollars each to end the violence but a collapse in the countries main export cocoa caused a revenue crunch and the violence flared again.
Protesters rallying across the country against the uprising. Amid fears that the mutiny is spreading with reports of gun fire in major cocoa growing hubs.