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.

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