Witnesses in Ivory Coast say an opposition meeting was disrupted by security forces loyal to the incumbent leader who refuses to cede power.

Witnesses said military police arrived as the meeting was being set up Saturday by supporters of Alassane Ouattara, who was internationally recognized as the winner of November's presidential poll. Witnesses say police fired tear gas and live rounds into the air before setting fire to the podium.

Ouattara's prime minister called on followers this week to take to the streets in an Egypt-style uprising against incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo. Gbagbo declared a nationwide curfew on Friday through the weekend.

The international community had said it would use financial sanctions to dislodge Gbagbo.