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Burkina Faso lifts curfew after unrest

2011-05-17 08:40

Ouagadougou - Authorities in Burkina Faso on Monday lifted a month-old curfew imposed on the capital Ouagadougou after mutinous soldiers went on a rampage.

In a statement, security minister Jerome Bougouma said "the curfew imposed in the commune of Ouagadougou has been definitively lifted from today, Monday, May 16".

The curfew was first imposed from 19:00 to 06:00 and later eased to from midnight to 05:00.

The curfew was imposed on April 16 after late-night rampages by mutinous soldiers and attacks on public buildings by angry shopkeepers.

Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore, who took power in a coup in 1987, has been facing unprecedented demonstrations over the past two months, including an army mutiny and student riots against police that left several dead.

In a bid to quell the unrest, he fired army and police chiefs and formed a new government, naming himself defence minister, while promising subsidies on basic commodities and other urgent measures.

A total of 12 people have been killed since the protests began, some during a crackdown by security personnel.

Comments
  • Barr. Fazal KUILA - 2011-05-17 14:15

    Useless westerner's has started again with their stupid confusion, can't you people comment without mentioning Blaise Compaore staging coup in 1987 to provoke people? And who told you 12 people have been killed? stupid westerner's... leave us alone in Africa to solve our problems.

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