OUAGADOUGOU, 2 November 2020 – It is exactly six years this 31 October 2020 since mammoth protests in the streets of Burkina Faso forced former Burkinabe Presdent Blaise Compaore to flee into exile, abandoning his quest to hang on to power.
Protesters stormed and took over the parliament and national television station, directing broadcasts from the latter to be strictly in support of the revolution.
Mr. Compaore, who now lives in exile in Cote d’Ivoire, had revolted the people of Burkina Faso when he embarked on a stubborn effort to overturn the constitution to stay on in power.
Compaore had already been in power 27 years when he was chased from the presidential palace in Ouagadougou, the nation’s capital.
Obeying instructions from broadcasts coming from the overrun national radio and TV stations, soldiers refused to open fire on protesters.
The protests six years ago in Burkina Faso are believed to have inspired the protests which ousted the government of Mali earlier this year.