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Breaking News: Thomas Sankara Remembered As Burkinabes Confronts Traitor Blaise Compaore’s Govt.,via Mass-Action Protestations In Capital City Ouagadougou –Republic Reporters

Breaking News: Thomas Sankara Remembered As Burkinabes Confronts Traitor Blaise Compaore’s Govt.,via Mass-Action Protestations In Capital City Ouagadougou –Republic Reporters New York[RR]Burkina Faso–Power Corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. In Burkina Faso, citizenry hit the street as opposition leader, Zephirin Diabre, angrily disclosed to a local radio station that the state of emergency will stop […]

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Breaking News: Thomas Sankara Remembered As Burkinabes Confronts Traitor Blaise Compaore’s Govt.,via Mass-Action Protestations In Capital City Ouagadougou –Republic Reporters

New York[RR]Burkina Faso–Power Corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. In Burkina Faso, citizenry hit the street as opposition leader, Zephirin Diabre, angrily disclosed to a local radio station that the state of emergency will stop the movement to change Burkina Faso, Republic Reporters has learned.

Mr. Diabre said: “We are calling on the people to show that they are against it. The resignation of President Blaise Compaore is the only thing that can bring peace to the country,” he is quoted as saying. BBC said, at least one person has been killed and many injured in the massive unrest the capital city of Ouagadougou.

BBC reported that five is already dead. Its correspondents say the city hall and ruling party headquarters are also in flames in the capital, Ouagadougou. A huge crowd is surging towards the presidential palace and the main airport has been shut.

“MPs have suspended a vote on changing the constitution to allow Mr Compaore to stand for re-election next year.

“Five people have been killed in the protests, among the most serious against Mr Compaore’s rule, reports BBC Afrique’s Yacouba Ouedraogo from the capital, others say, one is killed.

“The military fired live bullets as protesters stormed parliament, our correspondent says.

Corrupt President Blaise Compaore whom sources said, betrayed President Thomas Sankara who was killed in Palace Coup, served as minister of state to the presidency. Multiple sources told Republic Reporters that Blaise Compaore took power after Sankara was killed in mysterious circumstances by a group of soldiers in 1987 and was First elected president in 1991 and again in 1998.

BBC reported that, ‘A new constitution in 2000 limited presidents to two terms in office, and limited terms to five years and he Won two further terms. Protests at attempts to amend the term limits began a year ago, fuelled by the high cost of living.

“Mr Diabre said dozens of protesters had been killed across the country by the security forces. It was a “barbaric escalation of violence”, he said.

“The military fired live bullets to try and disperse protesters who had occupied parliament, our correspondent says.

Protesters had also surged towards the presidential palace, and a government helicopter flying overhead fired tear gas at them, Reuters news agency reports.

Witnesses say dozens of soldiers have joined the protest in Ouagadougou’s main square, including a former defence minister, Gen Kouame Lougue.

Protesters are demanding his installation as president, our reporter says.

‘TV off air’, The city hall, the homes of MPs, and an upmarket hotel in Ouagadougou were also set ablaze. Similar protests hit the south-western city of Bobo Dioulasso, and other towns in the poor West African state. State television went off air after protesters stormed the building housing it and ransacked it.

This is one of the most serious protests against Mr Compaore’s rule.

“A state of emergency is declared across the national territory. The chief of the armed forces is in charge of implementing this decision which enters into effect today,” the president’s statement said, Reuters reports.

“I dissolve the government from today so as to create conditions for change. I’m calling on the leaders of the political opposition to put an end to the protests. I’m pledging from today to open talks with all the actors to end the crisis,” it added.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon’s special envoy for West Africa, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, will fly to Burkina Faso on Friday in an attempt to ease the crisis, the UN said in a statement.

Mr Compaore first took power in a coup in 1987, and has won four disputed elections since then.

“The protests forced the government to suspend Thursday’s parliamentary vote on a constitutional amendment that would have lifted the limit on presidential terms so that Mr Compaore could run for office again in 2015.

“Mr Compaore is a staunch ally of the US and France, which uses Burkina Faso as a base for military operations against militant Islamists in the Sahel region, sources disclosed to Republic Reporters.

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Journalists are now gathered outside the defence ministry awaiting a statement from the military, he says.

Witnesses say dozens of soldiers have joined the protests, including a former defence minister, Gen Kouame Lougue.

The main opposition leader, Zephirin Diabre, has called on the military to side with “the people” and has demanded the resignation of the president. Mr Compaore’s whereabouts are unknown, but he has appealed for calm via Twitter. He first took power in a coup in 1987, and has won four disputed elections since then.

Joost Laane, speaking to BBC Focus on Africa

I am in an area where many MPs live and I have seen two of their homes set ablaze and smoke coming out of another two or three homes. Hotel Azalai, one of the main hotels in the city, is also on fire.

Two helicopters flew over my house – the president’s and a normal helicopter. I cannot confirm whether the president was in one of them.

No-one knows what is going to happen next. It is chaotic and tense. We hear sporadic gunfire. There is no TV anymore. So we are depending on internet access and phone calls. The 3G network and the texting system are blocked.

The opposition has called for a campaign of civil disobedience to demand that he steps down in elections next year.

“October 30 is Burkina Faso’s black spring, like the Arab Spring,” opposition activist Emile Pargui Pare told AFP news agency.

State television went off air after protesters stormed the building housing it and ransacked it, Reuters quotes a witness as saying.

About 1,500 people breached the security cordon at parliament, according to AFP.

Protesters were setting fire to documents and stealing computer equipment and cars outside the building were also set on fire, the agency says.

Republic Reporters gathered that, “President Blaise Compaore said: “My concern today is not to build a future for myself – but to see how the future of this country will take shape”

Compaore served under President Thomas Sankara as minister of state to the presidency; Took power after Sankara was killed in mysterious circumstances by a group of soldiers in 1987; First elected president in 1991 and again in 1998; A new constitution in 2000 limited presidents to two terms in office, and limited terms to five years; Won two further terms; Protests at attempts to amend the term limits began a year ago, fuelled by the high cost of living’, sources told Republic Reporters.

A massive crowd has also converged on the main square in Ouagadougou and is marching towards the presidential palace, which is about 5km (three miles) away, our reporter says.

A government helicopter flying overhead was firing tear gas at them, Reuters reports.

There are also reports of protests in the south-western city of Bobo Dioulasso.

The government has been forced to suspend Thursday’s parliamentary vote on a constitutional amendment that would have lifted the limit on presidential terms so that Mr Compaore could run for office again in 2015.

It is not clear whether the government intends to hold the vote at a later stage, correspondents say.

Mr Compaore is a staunch ally of the US and France, which uses Burkina Faso as a base for military operations against militant Islamists in the Sahel region.

Both France and the European Union (EU) have called on him to scrap the proposed constitutional amendment.

The EU said it could jeopardise Burkina Faso’s stability. The US has also raised concern about the proposed amendment.

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Credit: BBC, AFP

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