Burkina Faso students protest

2011-05-23 19:35

Ouagadougou - Thousands of students took to the streets of Burkina Faso's capital burning tires and chanting in support of teachers who are demanding better conditions.

Ministry spokesperson Boubacar Sy said on Monday that angry students also entered the education ministry and turned everything "upside down." Firefighters rushed to the building after smoke was seen rising from it.

Some demonstrators seized buses and forced drivers to drive around gathering more students. Students had demonstrated in the capital and across the country last week for the same cause.

These protests come more than a month after a mutiny had threatened President Blaise Compaore's 24-year rule. The president dissolved the government and removed the country's security chiefs but kept himself in power.