Global condemnation of the Burkina Faso coup

Global condemnation of the Burkina Faso coup
Global condemnation of the Burkina Faso coup
Ouagadougou – AFP

On Tuesday, the international community condemned the coup carried out by the army in Burkina Faso, which toppled President Roc Marc Christian Kabore, while West African countries announced that they would hold an extraordinary summit “in the coming days.”

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, considered that “military coups are unacceptable,” and called on the military in West Africa to “defend their countries, not attack their governments.” The military wrested it from him with threats, intimidation and pressure after a two-day rebellion.

French President Emmanuel Macron also declared his “condemnation” of this “military coup”. “I was told he was not physically threatened,” he said, referring to Kabore, whose whereabouts remain unknown. The Group of Five Sahel countries to combat terrorism in the region (Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad) condemned what it said was an “attempt to disrupt the constitutional order” in Burkina Faso.

And the power in Burkina Faso since Monday is in the hands of the “National Movement for Protection and Restoration” led by Lieutenant-Colonel Paul Henry Sandaogo Damiba, commander of the third military region that covers the eastern region, which is one of the areas most affected by extremist attacks.

President Kabore, who has been in power since 2015, has become the object of increasing protest from the population due to the violence and his inability to confront it. On Tuesday, hundreds of people gathered in the Place de la Nacion square in the center of the capital in support of the military.

“We have repeatedly demanded the departure of President Kabore, who did not hear the call,” said protester El Hassan Ouedraogo. The army heard us and understood.”

It seems that life has returned to normal in Ouagadougou, as supermarkets, shops, shops and gas stations opened their doors without a noticeable military presence in the city. On Tuesday afternoon, the military council announced the reopening of the airspace, which was closed at midnight. As for the land borders, they were reopened to cars transporting humanitarian aid and trucks “transporting foodstuffs” or “equipment for the defense and security forces,” according to a statement read out on state television.

The movement, which imposed a night curfew, closed borders, dissolved parliament and suspended the constitution, pledged to “return the country to constitutional order” within a “reasonable period of time”.

Bringing peace to Burkina Faso will not be an easy task for the movement as the country plunges into a downward spiral of violence.

Most of Burkina Faso, especially its east and north, witnesses almost daily attacks carried out by groups affiliated with the terrorist organization “Al-Qaeda” and ISIS. About 2,000 people have been killed, while violence has forced about 1.5 million people to flee their homes in recent years.

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