Major anti-France demonstration, the government calls for "restraint"

A large demonstration took place on Friday in Ouagadougou, mainly against the presence of France in Burkina Faso. It notably targeted the French embassy, ​​before extending to the French military base in Kamboinsin, where a contingent of special forces from the Saber force is deployed.

After the dispersal of this demonstration which reiterated the ultimatum issued on October 28 already to demand the “departure within 72 hours” of France, the government reacted this Saturday by calling for “calm and restraint”.

“The government calls on the populations to calm and exercise restraint, at the risk of plunging our country into a cycle of endless demonstrations, detrimental to our objectives of peace, stability and security, sought for our populations”, indicates a press release from the government spokesman, Jean-Emmanuel Ouédraogo.

The press release specifies that the Executive “invites the youth in particular not to be entertained, and to focus on the objectives of operational defense in the total war that we are waging against terrorism (…) rather than on demonstrations of the kind , whose benefits for the cause of the struggle of our people remain to be proven”.

Raising his voice, he assures that he “will not derogate from the rules and principles of protection due to diplomats and diplomatic representations present on Burkinabe soil”.

Note that several hundred people demonstrated on Friday to demand the departure of French forces from the country. Clashes took place in front of the French Embassy.

“After a first letter asking for the departure of France, we again delivered a second letter today. A third will be sent to the authorities to purely and simply demand the departure of France, ”said Cheik Mahamoudou, one of the leaders of the demonstration.

As a reminder, France is present militarily in Burkina Faso with the Saber force, a contingent of special forces based on the outskirts of the capital.

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