Burkina Faso: sharp tension after a demonstration against the “inability” of power to counter jihadism


Burkina Faso has been caught since 2015 in a spiral of violence attributed to jihadist armed groups, affiliated with Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.

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A child and two journalists were injured Saturday, November 27 in the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, in incidents that erupted after the dispersal of hundreds of demonstrators denouncing the“inability” power to counter jihadist violence in the country. The demonstration had been banned by the town hall.

Riot police fired tear gas to prevent demonstrators from gathering at Place de la Nation, in the center of the capital. After this muscular dispersion, young people erected makeshift barricades and burned tires in several districts of the capital.

Burkina Faso has been caught since 2015 in a spiral of violence attributed to jihadist armed groups, affiliated with Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State. Attacks targeting civilians and soldiers are increasingly frequent and the vast majority concentrated in the north and east of the country.

The attack on November 14 on a gendarmerie detachment in Inata (North) which had previously called for help deeply shocked the Burkinabè. At least 57 people, including 53 gendarmes, were killed by armed jihadists. Jihadist violence has killed around 2,000 people over the past six years and forced 1.4 million people to flee their homes.



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