Burkina Faso: “Just what were they thinking when they shot at people?” Crackdown on anti-government protests in Burkina Faso

This report presents the findings of Amnesty International’s research into the deaths and injuries that occurred during the protests in Burkina Faso between 30 October and 2 November 2014. The protests were part of a popular uprising in opposition to former president Blaise Compaoré’s attempts to amend the constitution, allowing him to extend his Presidential tenure. During the protests, the gendarmerie (military police), the national army and the police were deployed. Though the majority of protests were peaceful there was some unrest, with some public buildings and private properties looted and set on fire.

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