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Nov 3, 2014

Army clears protesters, fires warning shots in Burkina Faso

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) – Burkina Faso’s army cleared thousands of protesters from the capital and opened fire at state TV headquarters on Sunday, killing one person, as it sought to restore order following the resignation of President Blaise Compaore two days ago.

Compaore’s 27 years in charge of the landlocked former French colony ended abruptly on Friday after two days of mass protests aimed at thwarting his bid to change the constitution to extend his rule.

Nov 2, 2014

Thousands protest Burkina Faso army’s power grab

OUAGADOUGOU, Nov 2 (Reuters) – Thousands gathered on Sunday
in the centre of Burkina Faso’s capital to denounce what they
called a military coup, two days after mass protests forced
President Blaise Compaore to resign.

Compaore’s 27 years in charge of the landlocked West African
country ended on Friday when his bid to change the constitution
to extend his rule was thwarted.

Nov 1, 2014

Protests force out Burkina president, soldiers vie for power

OUAGADOUGOU, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Burkina Faso President
Blaise Compaore resigned on Friday amid mass street protests at
his attempts to extend his 27-year rule, plunging the West
African nation into uncertainty as junior officers vied with top
military brass for power.

Compaore, a taciturn former soldier in office since a 1987
military coup, had sought to defy popular pressure for him to
step down after a day of violent unrest on Thursday in which
demonstrators burned parliament and ransacked state television.

Oct 31, 2014

Army chief takes power after Burkina president bows to protests

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) – The head of Burkina Faso’s armed forces took power on Friday after President Blaise Compaore resigned amid mass demonstrations against an attempt to extend his 27-year rule in the West African country.

Compaore, who seized power in a 1987 coup, had attempted to defy popular pressure for him to step down after a day of violent protests on Thursday in which demonstrators stormed parliament and state television.

Oct 31, 2014

Thousands flood streets in Burkina Faso to press Compaore to go

OUAGADOUGOU, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of people
took to the streets of Burkina Faso on Friday to press President
Blaise Compaore to step down, a day after the army dissolved
parliament and announced a transitional government in the face
of violent mass protests.

Compaore has ruled the landlocked West African country since
he seized power in a 1987 coup but events on Thursday – when he
appeared on the point of being toppled by a popular uprising –
have left it unclear who is in charge.

Oct 31, 2014

Burkina president rejects opposition calls to step down after violence

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) – Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaore said on Thursday he would stay in power at the head of a transitional government until after elections, rejecting opposition calls for him to step down immediately following a day of violent protests.

The head of the armed forces, General Honore Traore, had earlier dissolved parliament and announced talks with all political parties to create an interim government to take the West African country to democratic elections within a year.

Oct 30, 2014

Burkina army imposes interim govt after crowd burns parliament

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) – Burkina Faso’s military dissolved parliament and announced a transitional government on Thursday after violent protests against President Blaise Compaore, but it was not immediately clear who was in charge.

Army chief General Honore Traore said the new government would be installed after consultation with all political parties and would lead the country to an election within 12 months. He also announced a curfew from 1900 to 0600 GMT.

Oct 30, 2014

Protesters demand Burkina Faso president quit, burn parliament

OUAGADOUGOU, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of
protesters demanding the ousting of Burkina Faso’s veteran
President Blaise Compaore faced off with security forces outside
the presidential palace after burning parliament and ransacking
state television on Thursday.

At least three protesters were shot dead and scores were
wounded by security forces, emergency services said, as the vast
crowd tried to storm the home of the president’s brother and
overran other state buildings.

Oct 30, 2014

Burkina protesters burn parliament, ransack state TV

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) – Thousands of protesters stormed Burkina Faso’s parliament and ransacked state television on Thursday, forcing it off the air ahead of a planned vote on a motion to allow the veteran president to extend his 27-year rule.

Black smoke swirled in the air around parliament after demonstrators lit fires inside the building before looting computers and televisions screens and wheeling away police motobikes, a Reuters reporter said.

Oct 29, 2014

Thousands protest in Burkina for second day, U.S. joins outcry

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) – Thousands of protesters marched through Burkina Faso’s capital for a second day on Wednesday to denounce President Blaise Compaore’s plan to seek re-election, with Washington joining the outcry against his political maneuvering.

Mainly organized by the labor unions, Wednesday’s marchers again took aim at Compaore’s bid to amend the constitution so he can stay in power and were also demonstrating against the high cost of living and privatization of schools.