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Clashes break out in Burkina Faso capital as banned demo goes ahead

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Authorities in the Burkina Faso capital on Thursday banned a planned weekend protest at lack of security in the troubled West African nation, where a November 2021 rally turned bloody. The demo, called for Saturday by a civil society movement called Sauvons le Burkina (Save Burkina), was prohibited for “security reasons”, municipal secretary Christian Charles Rouamba said in a letter. The same group staged a protest on November 27 against the failure of President Roch Marc Christian Kabore to quell jihadist violence that has engulfed the former French colony. That demonstration, which drew hundreds of protestors, was also banned, and around a dozen were injured in clashes with security forces. A separate demonstration is planned for Saturday in support of neighbouring Mali, whose ruling junta is under sanctions imposed by the regional Economic Community of African States (ECOWAS). It has so far not been banned. Groups linked to Al-Qaeda and the so-called Islamic State group have plagued the landlocked Sahel nation since 2015, killing about 2,000 people, according to an AFP tally. Around 1.5 million people are internally displaced, according to the latest figures released by the national emergency agency CONASUR.

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