World Burkina Faso: The mobile internet remains cut in the country

17:40  25 november  2021
17:40  25 november  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

French military denies injuring protesters in Burkina Faso

  French military denies injuring protesters in Burkina Faso KAYA, Burkina Faso (AP) — The French military has denied injuring civilians in Burkina Faso when firing warning shots to disperse protesters who had blocked one of its military convoys. Amid an increase in Islamic extremist violence in Burkina Faso, tensions have increased. Many people in Burkina Faso are angry that the former colonial power is not doing more to protect them in the West African country’s five-year fight against jihadists linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State group, which has left thousands dead and displaced more than 1.4 million people.

Vue générale de la capitale du Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou. © Reuters / Joe Penney / Files General view of the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou.

Wednesday, November 24, 2021, the authorities published a statement to inform that this suspension of the connection will be extended by four days. The mobile Internet has been cut since Saturday, November 20th. The decision to maintain this measure intervenes while a French military convoy is always blocked in the country and that a call to demonstrate Saturday, against the French presence and the security policy of the government, was launched.

The government communiqué is lapidary. Under the Relative Law "to the Quality and Security of Networks and Respect for National Defense Obligations, [...] the government decides to extend the suspension of the mobile Internet". The reason for this disconnection? The press release does not evoke it. The Internet fixes, meanwhile, is not affected.

French military convoy in Burkina remains blocked after protests

  French military convoy in Burkina remains blocked after protests A French military convoy heading for Mali remained blocked in Burkina Faso on Thursday after being hampered by protests. The convoy, comprising several dozen vehicles, is heading for a French base in Gao in the violence-torn centre of Mali. It first has to transit through Burkina Faso, which lies to the south, and then through Niger, to the east.After entering Burkina's territory from Ivory Coast last week, the convoy was slowed by protesters at Bobo Dioulasso, the country's second largest city, and then at Ouagadougou, the capital.

This decision angry opposition and civil society. Already this week, on his Facebook page The citizen broom has denounced the power Burkinabè as "a predator of individual and collective freedoms". In a statement, the professional media organizations speak "a blatant violation of public law to information".

This internet break then intervenes that the negotiations are still in progress to pass a French military convoy blocked on the road between Kaya and Ouagadougou for several days. On Wednesday, Foreign Minister Alpha Barry asked people to stay calm.

The spokesman of the French staff, Colonel Pascal Ianni, as for him deplored "a magnifying glass effect that exacerbates the anti-French feeling", while "social networks play an important role in mobilization some protesters ".

After the Burkina, new incident on the French convoy road in Niger .
© Olympia de Maismont A shielded vehicle of a French military convoy blocked in Kaya, November 20, 2021 in Burkina Faso the French military convoy Party of coast of ivory and going to Gao, Mali, by transiting by Burkina Faso and Niger, again blocked by demonstrators on Saturday in the Nigerian city of Tera (West) but has since taken back the road, learned L AFP to the staff.

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