Protests and Violence Rapidly Escalate in Burkina Faso

Washington

As authorities in Burkina Faso declared a national state of emergency, after demonstrators set fire to Parliament and other government buildings and gunfire by police and troops killed at least one person, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“President Compaoré’s dissolution of the government, pledge to convene talks with the opposition and the cancellation of the vote on a bill to lift presidential term limits are steps forward,” said Vukasin Petrovic, director of Africa programs. “The focus now must be on returning to peace. We urge all parties to refrain from violence and work to protect the rule of law and democratic institutions.”

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

 

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