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Coup d’etat in Burkina Faso: Canadians of Burkinabe origin react

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For Edgard Moné, the dismissal of President Roch Kaboré, regardless of the reasons, is an act that deals a blow to Burkinabe democracy.

It is a deep sadness to realize that the whole of West Africa is in the process of falling into a logic of coup d’etat to put an end to democratically elected regimes. It is still a democratic setback. »

A quote from Edgard Mone
  Edgard Moné seated in front of a shelf looks at the camera.

Edgard Moné has been living in Toronto since 2008.

Photo: TurnedNews.com

He nevertheless thinks that this is a situation that could have been avoided if the deposed authorities had taken into account the demands of the Burkinabe population, namely the improvement of the social situation and the fight against insecurity in the country. We saw the thing happen and those in power did not make a good reading of what was to happen, he said.

Marc Arnaud Kambou, interim president of the Greater Toronto Burkinabe is also not surprised at the turn of events. Mutinies took place on Sunday in several military barracks. People were waiting for this and real change, he says.

Marc Arnaud Kambou, staring at the camera.

Marc Arnaud Kambou is interim president of the Greater Toronto Burkinabe.

Photo: Provided by Marc Arnaud Kambou

For several months, members of civil society have been demonstrating in several towns in Burkina Faso to denounce jihadist attacks and the deterioration of the socio-economic situation in the country.

To justify their coup, the soldiers also mentioned the weaknesses of the government of Roch Marc Christian Kaboré in the fight against terrorism.

The coup in Burkina Faso comes after heavy sanctions against the ruling military junta in Mali by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Mr. Moné fears that his country will experience the same fate. It worries me. If everything closes, it will be difficult for the populations on the spot. And then we are in a pandemic situation, fears the Torontonian.

Marc Arnaud Kambou calls for his part the Economic Community of West African States not to sanction his country, because he thinks that the sub-regional institution should side with peoples, not governments.

He invites the members of his community to calm down. I am confident for the future and I think that all we hope is that things go forward and not that they regress.

Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, signatory of the putschists’ communiqué, could be the new leader of Burkina Faso.

The general secretary of theUnited Nations, Antonio Guterres, who strongly condemned the action of the military and called for the protection of the physical integrity of President Roch Kaboré, in power since 2015.

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