Protestors demand ‘immediate’ resignation of Burkina Faso leader

October 31, 2014 11:47 am
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Crowds gather as smoke rises from the Burkina Faso's parliament, where demonstrators set cars on fire, on October 30, 2014 in Ouagadougou/AFP
Crowds gather as smoke rises from the Burkina Faso’s parliament, where demonstrators set cars on fire, on October 30, 2014 in Ouagadougou/AFP
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, Oct 31 – Tens of thousands of protesters on Friday demanded the “immediate” resignation of President Blaise Compaore, as the opposition urged followers to keep up the pressure after a day of unrest that saw parliament set ablaze.

“Blaise, get out!” chanted demonstrators gathered outside military headquarters in Burkina Faso’s capital.

Opposition chief Zephirin Diabre earlier urged supporters to “keep up the pressure by occupying public spaces.”

“A prerequisite for any discussion on any political transition is the unconditional departure of Mr. Blaise Compaore, pure and simple.” READ: Burkina Faso leader refuses to quit after day of violence

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of the west African country on Thursday in protest at plans by the legislature to change the constitution, a move that would have allowed Compaore to extend his 27-year rule over the landlocked nation.

Although the plan has since been withdrawn, opposition is demanding that the leader step down.

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