Tension is rising in Ouagadougou. Tear gas canisters were fired from inside the French Embassy on Sunday to disperse protesters supporting self-proclaimed coup leader Ibrahim Traore. A dozen of them had gathered in front of the building, setting fire to protective barriers and throwing stones inside the building, on the roof of which French soldiers were positioned, when the grenades were fired . other protesters ont were also seen tearing down barbed wire in an attempt to scale the embassy wall.
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Late Saturday afternoon, two French institutions had been targeted by demonstrators: a fire had already broken out in front of the French embassy in Ouagadougou and another in front of the French Institute in Bobo-Dioulasso.
In Paris, the Quai d’Orsay condemned “the violence against our embassy in the strongest possible terms”, adding that “the security of [ses] compatriots [était sa] priority “. These attacks “are the act of hostile demonstrators, manipulated by a disinformation campaign against us”, declared his spokesperson Anne-Claire Legendre, “calling on the stakeholders to ensure the security” of diplomatic buildings.
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On Sunday, demonstrators also gathered near the headquarters of Burkina Faso’s national television around which the armored device in place from Friday, was lightened, with three vehicles, instead of about twenty. Rallies took place during the night from Saturday to Sunday on several major axes of the Burkinabe capital, flown over all night by a military helicopter.
On Saturday, Colonel Damiba made it clear that he did not intend to abdicate, calling on the new putschists “to come to their senses to avoid a fratricidal war which Burkina Faso does not need in this context”. Colonel Damiba himself came to power in January in a coup that toppled President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, discredited by the rise in jihadist violence.
But in recent months, attacks hitting dozens of civilians and soldiers have multiplied in northern and eastern Burkina Faso, where towns are now under blockade. of the jihadists.