Military police fired tear gas canisters to disperse about 100 demonstrators trying to advance towards downtown Ouagadougou to protest the government’s failure to quell the violence.
Police fired tear gas in Burkina Faso’s capital during a demonstration against the government’s failure to stem a wave of violence launched by Islamist militants.
Opponents of President Rosh Kaboré, a three-group alliance called the November 27 Alliance, called for renewed protests on Saturday in response to a recent surge in attacks in the West African country, including one by al-Qaeda-linked fighters that killed 49 people. Military police officers and four civilians.
But other civil society groups have distanced themselves from the protests, refusing, in their words, “to collude with those who want to push the country into chaos.”
The assault 2 weeks ago Near the northern town of Inata, it was the deadliest for Burkina Faso’s security forces since the rebellion broke out in 2015, and has sparked outrage against the French government and military forces that support it.
Since then, sporadic protests and demonstrators have erupted in Gaya prevented traffic A French military convoy has been on its way to neighboring Niger for nearly a week.
On Saturday, military police officers fired tear gas canisters to disperse about 100 demonstrators who were trying to advance towards the city center of Ouagadougou.
Withdrew to the side streets, the protesters began erecting barricades and burning tires and trash cans.
Nicholas Haq of Al Jazeera said people are angry with the government because they no longer feel safe in their country.
“One and a half million people have been displaced by the violence in Burkina Faso, and about 60 percent of them are children,” he said.
“Two thirds of the country is not under the control of the government, or at least there is fighting going on between the government and armed groups around [control of the areas],” he added.
“After seven years of failing to prevent terrorist attacks… it’s time to ask the government to go,” a protester, Fabrice Sawadogo, 28, was quoted by AFP as saying.
He said the “incompetent” administration “must admit its failure”.
The public’s angry reaction to the latest attacks alarmed the authorities, who cut off mobile internet access a week ago and refused permission for Saturday’s demonstration.
The United Nations Special Envoy for West Africa said Thursday that he is concerned about the situation in Burkina Faso and warned against any military coup following coups in three neighboring countries over the past year.
Political instability has undermined the regional fight against militants linked to Al Qaeda and ISIS, who continue to make gains across the Sahel region of West Africa.
Groups linked to the two have plagued the landlocked Sahel region, killing nearly 2,000 people and displacing 1.4 million from their homes since 2015.
The November 14 attack saw hundreds of fighters storm a gendarmerie camp in Inata in the north of the country, killing 53 policemen and four others.