n Conflict Trends - Burkina Faso : an unforeseen crisis?

Volume 2015, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


On 30 October 2014, the people of Burkina Faso unanimously took to the streets to protest attempts by their longest-serving president, Blaise Compaoré, to extend his 27-year rule through a constitutional amendment. This development could be likened to the Arab Spring of2011-2012, where ordinary citizens vehemently rose up in protest against authoritarianism. The recent events have been dubbed Burkina Faso's "Black African Spring".

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