Protesters from Burkina Faso protested this Saturday before the French embassy in that African country and a group of them set fire to the diplomatic headquarters in rejection of a possible relationship between the French Army and the Burkinabé military opposed to the coup d’état perpetrated the day before.
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According to the media, several protesters set fire to the external walls of the mission in Ouagadougou (capital), after which the French embassy stated that the European country and its armed forces are not involved in the coup.
Through a statement, the French representation said that “it is closely following the political situation that currently prevails in the country and in particular in Ouagadougou.”
Similarly, the text “firmly denies any involvement of the French Army in the events of the last few hours, as well as the rumors according to which the Burkina Faso authorities have been welcomed or are under the protection of French soldiers.”
La France dément formally toute implication dans les évènements en cours depuis hier au Burkina Faso. Le camp où se trouvent les forces françaises n’a jamais accueilli Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, pas avantage that notre ambassadors.
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For his part, the Chief of Staff of the Army of Burkina Faso, Colonel David Kabre, called for a negotiated solution to the situation in the country after the coup d’état this Friday, when soldiers led by Captain Ibrahim Traoré deposed Lieutenant Colonel Paul- Henri Sandaogo Damiba, who led the military junta at the head of the country.
Kabre pointed out that there are two groups with conflicting opinions within the local Army and that “this tension does not represent the position of our institution, which is part of a dynamic of cohesion and mobilization of all forces.”
The forces that carried out the coup d’état announced the suspension of the Constitution and the transition letter, decreed the dissolution of the Government and established a curfew from 9:00 p.m. this Friday to 5:00 a.m. local time this Saturday.
In November 2021, strong protests took place in the country, at which time the resignation of Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, who was in power, was demanded. A few months later on January 24, the military under the authority of Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba seized power through a coup, the fourth in West Africa since August 2020.