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Remembering Jim Knutson
The mass movement that forced the resignation of Burkina Faso's government last October has been neither diverted nor defeated as shown by recent protests that led to the resignation of the current government. They are inspired by the desire for development of the country’s productive forces, which implies liberation, emancipation, hope and human progress, given voice by Thomas Sankara before his assassination in October 1987.
Popular protests last week forced out the man who had run the West African nation of Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) for the last 27 years. Ousted President Blaise Compaoré was a key ally of US. However, one military ruler was immediately replaced with another as the army stepped in after days of angry demonstrations. Domestic, regional and international demands are growing for a swift transfer of power into civilian hands. But will it happen?
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