Many in Burkina Faso initially supported the military takeover, frustrated with the previous government’s inability to stem Islamic extremist violence that has killed thousands and displaced at least 2 million.
Since he [Damiba] took power, our soldiers die often and this does not sadden him," said Marcelin Ouedraogo, who joined a protest in the city centre on Friday calling for the end of French military involvement in Burkina Faso, and for collaboration with Russia.
The latest unrest bore the hallmarks of other power grabs that have swept across West and Central Africa since 2020, undoing years of democratic progress.
Residents of the capital Ouagadougou woke to the sound of gunfire at dawn on Friday. Soon after, soldiers and military vehicles took to the deserted streets, cutting off access to administrative buildings.
On Thursday, September 29, 2022, hundreds of protesters took to the streets of the Western city of Bobo Djoulasso to demand his resignation, blaming him for the ongoing insecurity in the country. Eye witnesses are reporting a heavy military presence around the city.
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