Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo was arrested on Monday amid a French raid that involved more than 30 armored vehicles and numerous helicopter gunships hovering overhead.

The raid was a result of his refusal to step down even after being defeated in the country’s last presidential election. Gbagbo’s decision to remain in power has thrown the country into spasms of violence, which will hopefully die down now that he has been removed.

This video is from the Associated Press, published Wednesday, April 13, 2011.