Burkina army tightens grip as protesters denounce power grab

Journalists flee the national television headquarters in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou as gunshots are fired around the premises on November 2, 2014Burkina Faso’s army seized control of the capital’s main square on Sunday, firing tear gas and shots in the air to disperse thousands of protesters denouncing a power grab by the military. Troops moved into Place de la Nation in Ouagadougou and took over the national television headquarters, in both a show of force and defiance against calls by the international community and protesters for a return to civilian rule. The military had stepped into the power vacuum left by president Blaise Compaore, who was forced to resign in the wake of violent street demonstrations over his 27-year-rule of the west African state that some have likened to the Arab Spring. The UN envoy for west Africa, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, told a news conference in the Burkinabe capital that he and African leaders had pressed the demand in a meeting with the country’s top military brass.

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