Police in Burkina Faso use tear gas on protesters

Tear gas was fired at protesters in Burkina Faso who were protesting the government’s failure to stop an increase in Islamist violence.

As scuffles erupted in the streets of the capital, Ouagadougou, some erected barricades and set fire to tyres.

To disperse the crowd, authorities shut down mobile internet and deployed hundreds of riot police.

Anger is growing against the government as well as the French soldiers who are assisting the Burkinabe army.

Hundreds of people turned out for Saturday’s protest, which was organized by the 27 November Coalition and demanded the president’s resignation.

“We will not give up Burkina Faso. We will appoint someone capable of ensuring the nation’s security “According to one protester, who spoke to the Associated Press news agency.

Since the beginning of November, there has been an increase in violence, with scores of security officers killed.

The worst incident occurred on November 14, when 53 paramilitary officers and four civilians were killed during a raid on a camp in the northern town of Inata.

Following reports that the officers ran out of food in the days leading up to the attack, President Roch Kaboré announced “imminent changes” within the military structure and ordered the “active and effective” presence of military chiefs on the front lines.

Since militants captured large parts of northern Mali in 2012 and 2013, the semi-arid Sahel region of Africa has been besieged by an insurgency.

Over the last two years, violence has forced over a million people to flee their homes in Burkina Faso.

Source BBC
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