Dozens of people took to the streets of Burkina Faso on Saturday, 3rd July 2021 demanding a halt to the rising nature of jihadist bloodshed after 130 people died last month as a result of a massacre.
Some West African countries in recent years have faced increasing attacks by jihadist groups linked who are the Islamic State since 2015.
Occupying the country’s capital Ouagadougou, the aggressive protesters chanted “No to growing insecurity”, “No to populations being abandoned”, “No to endless attacks” and “Is there still a president in Burkina Faso?”
The opposition leader Eddie Komboigo welcomed a huge mobilisation across the country despite government calls for a boycott and postponement of the March.
According to him, today people are from Dori to Kampti, from Dedougou to Diebougou, from Ouagadougou to Diapaga, demonstrating against the worsening security situation in the country.
Adding that during Kabore’s first term, there were officially more than 1,300 deaths and 1.2 million internally displaced people.
He further added that fear has gripped them that the President second term will be worse than the first, because of the high toll of death starting of the year .
The anger of the people went high since the night of June 4, when the deadliest attack in the country’s six-year Islamist insurgency was waged on the village of Solhan.
Authorities say,Armed men including young people aged 12 to 14, killed at least 132 people.
Civil society figure Aristide Ouedraogo said “in light of the latest macabre developments of the security front, it was time to send a strong signal to the leaders to pull themselves together”.
In reaction to the growing fury, defence and security ministers were sacked on Wednesday as Kabore himself took over as defence minister.
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