SA concerned by Burkina Faso protests

2014-10-31 17:46
Men shout slogans in front of burning cars, near the Burkina Faso's Parliament where demonstrators set fire. (Issouf Sanogo, AFP)

Men shout slogans in front of burning cars, near the Burkina Faso's Parliament where demonstrators set fire. (Issouf Sanogo, AFP)

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Johannesburg - Government expressed concern on Friday at the political developments in Burkina Faso, the international relations department said.

"The South African government appeals to the people and all political leaders in the country to refrain from any further violent activities that may undermine peace, security, and stability in the country", spokesman Clayson Monyela said in a statement

"[Government] calls on all relevant parties to work speedily and through an inclusive process towards the restoration of constitutional order."

He said South Africa joined the call made by the African Union that the Burkina Faso government respect the wishes of the people and the prevailing constitution of the country.

Deutsche Presse-Agentur reported that protesters opposing plans to extend Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore's nearly three-decade rule on Thursday stormed parliament and set it on fire.

The storming of parliament was reportedly preceded by clashes with police.

On Friday, the country was bracing for new protests pressing for Compaore's resignation, despite the leader's announcement he had dropped plans to extend his 27-year rule.

Monyela said the South African government was monitoring the situation.

"We urge all involved, including Burkina Faso's security forces, to adhere to non-violence, and to allow for an environment in which issues can be debated in a peaceful and inclusive manner."

He said South Africans living in or visiting Burkina Faso were urged to register on the Registration of South Africans Abroad (Rosa) system.

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