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Vol. 78/No. 40      November 10, 2014

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Mass protests erupt in Burkina Faso, demand
dictatorial President Compaoré ‘step aside!’
Reuters//Joe Penney

Beginning Oct. 28, hundreds of thousands of workers, peasants, youth and others have demonstrated across Burkina Faso, in West Africa, against attempts by the ruling party of President Blaise Compaoré to amend the constitution so he could run for a fifth term in the 2015 presidential elections. Above, protest in capital, Ouagadougou, Oct. 29. Compaoré came to power in a 1987 coup after organizing the assassination of then-President Thomas Sankara, central leader of the 1983-87 popular democratic revolution in that country. The protests have been called by opposition parties, trade unions and a broad range of organizations.


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