The Spirit of Sankara Resurges in Burkina Faso*
By Ann Garrison
In 1983, a military clique in Burkina Faso assassinated the anti-imperialist head of state Thomas Sankara, plunging the nation back into the clutches of U.S. and French neocolonialism. The people this year ousted the assassins and their presidential guard, in two mass rebellions.
“Anyone who thinks that the presidential guard would have attempted a coup d’état without the knowledge and complicity of the U.S. and France” is blind to the facts. – Dr. Gnaka La Goke
“The people of Burkina Faso took to the streets with signs reading “No Amnesty for Assassins.”
Burkina Faso’s Presidential Guard, a military elite created by longtime dictator Blaise Compaoré, seized power in mid September, but a popular uprising backed up by the Burkinabe army has reversed the coup and restored civilian rule – twice.
These events unfolded nearly eleven months…
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