Monday 3 October 2022

Military coup leads to the attack of France embassy

Angry demonstrators in Burkina Faso attacked the French embassy in the capital, Ouagadougou on Saturday, 1 October.

They were opposing in support of the nation's brand-new military leader, Ibrahim Traore and accused France of harbouring interim president Lt Col Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, who was ousted on Friday.

Unpredictability continued in Ouagadougou on Saturday evening after a statement by the army said it did not acknowledge the seizure of power the previous day by soldiers.

The location of Damiba is uncertain however French authorities have actually denied any participation and condemned the violence.

In a statement France stated the security of its compatriots was its concern following the military coup.

On the other hand protesters shouted mad, anti-France slogans consisting of: "We don't desire France any longer. We no longer desire France to be in Africa" and "Down with France.".

Some added: "We contact Russia" and recommended Russian intervention was preferable to any participation by their previous colonisers.

One demonstrator said: "We want a frank cooperation with Russia. That's why we hold the three flags. The Russian, Malian and Burkinabe flags.".

Another described: "Damiba has failed and the people are not delighted. And we are certainly heading out today to show the whole world that we do not want this man any longer.

" At the time, we have very seasoned soldiers who have taken power and we will support them up until terrorism is driven out of our country.".

Damiba had promised to take on jihadist violence however critics accused him of being too close to France which maintains a military presence in the region.

French spokesperson Anne-Claire Legendre condemned the violence against the embassy and stated the protests were "the work of hostile demonstrators, manipulated by a campaign of disinformation against us.".

She added: " Our nationals have been instructed to work out the utmost caution and to remain at home.".


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