At least two people were killed in Savè, in central Benin Republic, as security forces tried to dislodge opponents, who have barricaded and blocked the national road since Tuesday.
The streets were deserted, the market empty, shops and businesses closed.
A little further north, in Tchaourou, the commune of origin of former President Thomas Boni Yayi, the situation remains uncertain.
The city was completely deserted after five days of clashes between opponents and the police.
The Minister of the Interior, Sacca Lafia, announced that “about thirty police officers had been wounded” in Tchaourou, “where small groups used handmade rifles and knives”.
The violence spread to Savè on Thursday when people tried to block the main national road to Chaourou to prevent access by a police contingent.
On 1 and 2 May, the day after the parliamentary elections in which the opposition was unable to stand, Mr Boni Yayi’s supporters took to the streets of Cotonou.