Police Move against Demonstrators in Burkina Faso Protesting President’s Election Plan

Washington

As thousands of demonstrators in the capital of Burkina Faso protested President Blaise Compaoré’s plans for a national referendum to lift term limits and allow him to run again in 2015, Freedom House issued the following response:

“Authorities’ use of tear gas and water cannons to stop protesters denies the rights to freedom of assembly and expression to the Burkinabé people,” said Vukasin Petrovic, director of Africa programs. “Police and other authorities should refrain from acting aggressively against peaceful protests, to avoid threatening democratic practice and relative stability in the country.”

Burkina Faso is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World 2014  and Freedom of the Press 2014 reports. 

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