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“Thank you the army”: the putschists of Burkina Faso celebrated in Ouagadougou

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With great blasts of horns, whistles and vuvuzelas, the demonstrators massed on the Place de la Nation, in the heart of the Burkinabe capital, to celebrate the new strong men of the country.

Posters of Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, leader of the putschists, were even sold on site.

We had asked on several occasions for the departure of President Kaboré who did not hear this call. The army heard us and understood usrejoiced Lassane Ouedraogo, a 43-year-old protester and civil society activist.

For us, this is not a coup. It is a liberation of our country which was ruled by incompetents. »

A quote from Julienne Traoré, 30-year-old Burkinabe teacher

In recent weeks, demonstrators have taken to the streets several times to criticize inaction of the executive in the face of the jihadist attacks that plague the country almost daily.

A man shows a poster of a man in uniform which reads: “The strong man of Burkina”.

Several demonstrators held up signs of the new master of the country, Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba.

Photo: The Canadian Press/AP/Sophie Garcia

Since Mr. Kaboré came to power in 2015, the country just sank and it was time to put an end to this disasterassures Mamadou Drabo, member of the civil society movement Save Burkina Faso.

No security device was visible Tuesday on the Place de la Nation, which contrasts with the regroupings of the past weeks, where the demonstrators were dispersed unceremoniously by the riot police.

The military is not sufficiently armed to fight against terrorism. Now that they have taken power, they will know how to equip the soldiers to recover the whole territoryhopes Mamadou Drabo.

Demonstrators held up signs that read: Down with France, down with ECOWASthe Community of West African States.

ECOWAS has been particularly in the sights of part of the Sahelian populations since it imposed sanctions on Mali on January 9, supported by France.

On Tuesday, ECOWAS firmly sentenced the military coup in Burkina Faso and resignation of President Kabore obtained under threat, intimidation and pressure from the military.

A man shows the message printed on the back of his t-shirt: 'Shit France, shit French politics, shit French army'.

Some demonstrators did not hesitate to criticize France, which denounced the coup.

Photo: Getty Images / AFP/OLYMPIA DE MAISMONT

Some demonstrators also waved Malian and Russian flags, calling for cooperation with Moscow, as the military regime in Bamako has done for several months.

To the international community, we ask to respect the will of the people which was completed by the army. To punish the army is to punish the people of Burkina Faso. »

A quote from Lassane Ouedraogo, civil society activist

The soldiers who came and went in the Guillaume Ouedraogo camp opposite the Place de la Nation were acclaimed by cries of joy.

The camp is among the barracks where soldiers mutinied, firing guns for hours on Sunday, the starting point of the events that culminated in the coup.

Thanks to the army, you are heroescould be heard in the crowd.

Already Monday, residents of Ouagadougou had spontaneously gathered, in the evening, after the announcement of the coup to celebrate the new leaders of the country.

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