Merchants torch buildings in Burkina Faso

2011-04-28 07:33
Ouagadougou - A mayor in central Burkina Faso says merchants torched several buildings in the city of Koudougou, including his home and the municipal soldiers headquarters.

Seydou Zagre said on Wednesday the incident was sparked by a rumour that he had ordained the closure of shops at the city's market whose owners had failed to pay taxes.

Last week students torched the ruling party headquarters and the outgoing prime minister's house in Koudougou. Soldiers also started demonstrations around the country two weeks ago demanding unpaid housing allowances.

President Blaise Compaore tried to stem the unrest by dissolving the government and removing the country's security chiefs.

Experts say hostilities in the landlocked West African country have been simmering for a long time. Student uprisings began this year in February.

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