Security Forces Fire Tear Gas at Angry Protesters in Burkina Faso’s Capital as Unrest Spreads Across Poor West African Nation Following Second Military Coup This Year

Security Forces Fire Tear Gas at Angry Protesters in Burkina Faso’s Capital as Unrest Spreads Across Poor West African Nation Following Second Military Coup This Year

Security forces fire tear gas at angry protesters outside the French embassy in Burkina Faso’s capital on Sunday, as unrest simmered in the impoverished, restive West African nation following the claim of a second coup this year.

The latest upheaval began on Friday, when junior military officers announced they had toppled the country’s junta leader, sparking deep concern among world powers.

Late on Saturday, the junta leader, Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, said he had no intention of giving up power and urged the officers to ‘come to their senses’.

His comments came shortly after the army general staff dismissed the coup as an ‘internal crisis’ within the military and said dialogue was ‘ongoing’ to remedy the situation.

The news comes as Burkina Faso’s new military leader Captain Ibrahim Traore accepted a conditional resignation.

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Source: Daily Mail

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