Clashes broke out between police and the opposition  in Gabon on December 20 stemming from questions about the legitimacy of President Ali Bongo.
A recent book called “New African Affairs” by French reporter Pierre Péan alleged that President Ali Bongo has Nigerian origins . The book was slammed by the authorities, accusing the reporter of inciting racial hatred in Gabon. The clashes led to the death of one student and several arrests. Photos on social network of the protests and its impact on civilians were widely circulating on the Gabonese blogosphere, such as the following:
— Alexandre Capron (@alexcapron) December 23, 2014