Students Join Protests in Burkina Faso

Published on Tuesday 19th April 2011

The unrest continues to spread in Burkina Faso, with students staging violent protests in Koudougou as army protests expanded to a fourth city.Student protesters burned down the headquarters of the ruling party in Koudougou Monday, and also set fire to the former prime minister's house.  Meanwhile in the northern city of Kaya, soldiers and police fired shots into the air and went on a looting spree to protest that their housing and daily food allowances had not been paid.  The disturbances, which originated at the presidential compound Ouagadougou, have also taken place in Po and Tenkodogo.  The Kaya protests mark the first time police have taken part in the unrest.Anger in the country have been simmering since February, with students and residents protesting against rising food prices, crime, and frustration over the slow pace of reform from President Blaise Compaore's government. Compaore dissolved his government and named a new army chief Friday in response to the protests.  His government has warned that protesting soldiers will face "the full force of the law."At least 45 people have been injured in the violence and a number of rapes have also been reported.
Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.


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