Burkina Faso: Tear gas fired at protesters outside French embassy | Conflict News

Protesters collect outdoors the embassy after the coup chief accused the deposed president of planning a counteroffensive from a ‘French base’.

Safety forces have fired tear gasoline at dozens of rock-throwing protesters outdoors the French embassy in Burkina Faso’s capital, as unrest simmers within the West African nation following its second coup this 12 months.

Supporters of Burkina Faso’s coup chief Captain Ibrahim Traore had gathered outdoors the constructing in Ouagadougou on Sunday, a day after he accused the deposed navy chief Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba of hiding out at a French base to plot a “counteroffensive”.

With French troops watching from the roof, the protesters set fireplace to boundaries outdoors and lobbed rocks on the construction when the tear gasoline volleys had been fired.

The newest spasm of violence to convulse Burkina Faso started on Friday, when junior navy officers toppled navy chief Damiba, accusing him of failing to quell assaults from armed teams linked to ISIL (ISIS) and al-Qaeda. Damiba had come to energy in a January coup.

In a statement learn out on nationwide tv on Saturday and signed by Captain Traore, the nation’s new chief, the officers mentioned Damiba “is believed to have taken refuge within the French base at Kamboinsin with the intention to plan a counteroffensive to fire up bother in our defence and safety forces”.

In a while Saturday, Damiba rejected the allegations that he was at a French base however offered no additional particulars about his whereabouts.

France, which colonised Burkina Faso up to now, on Saturday denied “any involvement” within the coup or that “Burkinabe authorities have been hosted or are beneath the safety of the French navy”.

“The camp the place the French forces are positioned has by no means welcomed Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, nor has our embassy,” the French overseas ministry mentioned in a press release.

It marked the second coup this 12 months in Burkina Faso and the newest within the Sahel area, a lot of which is battling a rising navy operation by armed teams.

“There was worldwide condemnation from France, the United Nations, the African Union, and the West African physique ECOWAS – all calling for troopers to return to their barracks,” mentioned Al Jazeera’s Nicolas Haque, talking from Dakar in neighbouring Senegal.

Young men chant slogans against the power of military leader Paul-Henri Damiba.
Younger males chant slogans towards Lieutenant-Colonel Damiba, towards France and pro-Russia, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, September 30, 2022 [Sophie Garcia/AP Photo]

There have additionally been mounting protests in help of the coup plotters, he added. Protesters marched in Ouagadougou carrying the Russian flag, believing that Moscow can convey victory to the Burkinabe military that’s dealing with setbacks on the battlefront.

In a written assertion on the presidency’s official Fb web page, Damiba urged his rivals “to come back to their senses to keep away from a fratricidal conflict that Burkina Faso doesn’t want”.

The overall workers of Burkina Faso’s military dismissed the coup as an “inside disaster” throughout the navy and mentioned dialogue was “ongoing” to treatment the state of affairs.

Damiba himself got here to energy in a coup in January, putting in himself as chief of the nation’s 16 million individuals after accusing elected president Roch Marc Christian Kabore of failing to beat again armed fighters.

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