La Chute de Compaoré
“On est arrivés dans la nuit de lundi à mardi, à Ouagadougou, la capitale du Burkina Faso. On nous parle de heurts entre jeunes et forces de police. On ne les a pas vus directement. Reste que la ville est tendue à la veille d’une manifestation lancée par les forces politiques de l’opposition.” Par VICE News, Pierre Mareczko (October 28, 2014 | 5:55 pm)
Revolution in Burkina Faso: The Fall of Compaoré
January 16, 2015 | 11:58 am
In late October, the landlocked African nation of Burkina Faso saw the end of its president’s 27-year-long reign. A popular revolution terminated Blaise Compaoré’s term after he tried to change the constitution so that he could run for a fifth consecutive term.
Cornered by an angry mob in his presidential palace, “Beau Blaise” fled the country along with his entourage as protesters torched the National Assembly and other symbols of the old regime.
Now in exile, Compaoré is rumored to be living in luxury on the Ivory Coast. In Burkina Faso, a new transitional government has emerged, led by President Michel Kafando and his prime minister, Lieutenant-Colonel Yacouba Isaac Zida.
VICE News went to the streets of Burkina Faso’s capital of Ouagadougou in the midst of the revolution to document the final hours of Compaoré’s reign.