Burkina: tear gas fired from inside the French Embassy to disperse demonstrators

Burkina: Tear gas fired from inside the Embassy of France to disperse protesters

MISE À DAY

Tear gas canisters were fired from inside the French embassy in Ouagadougou on Sunday to disperse protesters supporting the self-proclaimed putschist Ibrahim Traoré, an AFP journalist noted.  

A few dozen demonstrators had gathered outside the embassy, ​​setting fire to protective barriers and throwing stones inside the building, on the roof of which French soldiers were positioned, when the gas was fired.&nbsp ;

Other protesters were also seen by the AFP journalist tearing down barbed wire in an attempt to scale the perimeter wall of the diplomatic building. 

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.&nbsp ;

In Paris, the Quai d'Orsay condemned “the violence against our embassy in the strongest possible terms”, adding that “the safety of (his) compatriots” was his “priority”. 

These attacks “are the work of hostile demonstrators, manipulated by a campaign of disinformation against us”, declared its spokeswoman Anne-Claire Legendre, while “calling on the stakeholders to ensure the security” of the diplomatic buildings. &nbsp ;

On Sunday, demonstrators also gathered near the headquarters of the national television of Burkina Faso around which the armored device in place since Friday was lightened, with three vehicles, instead of one twenties.

Rallies took place during the night from Saturday to Sunday on several major axes of the Burkinabe capital, overflown all night by a military helicopter. 

Since the announcement Friday evening by soldiers led by the dismissal of the head of Burkina's military junta, Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Damiba, who himself came to power in a coup in January, tension persists in Ouagadougou. 

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 had come to power in January in a coup that overthrew President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, discredited by the increase in jihadist violence.  

But in recent months, attacks on dozens of civilians s and soldiers have multiplied in the North and East of Burkina Faso, where cities are now subject to a blockade by jihadists.