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Burkina Faso: Protests on streets ahead of curfew

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By Euronews  with Reuters
Burkina Faso: Protests on streets ahead of curfew

<p>People have taken to the streets of Burkina Faso to protest against the military coup and the arrest of several leaders in the country’s transitional government. </p> <p>The armed forces have named the Presidential Guard’s General Gilbert Diendéré the new head of the transitional council and have identified themselves as the National Council for Democracy.</p> <p>Spokesperson Mamadou Bamba also announced the implementation of restrictions on travel.</p> <p>“A curfew will be in place from 7 pm to 6 am over all of the nation’s territory.</p> <p>“Burkina Faso’s land and airspace borders are closed as of this day, September 17, 2015, until further notice.”</p> <p>France, a former colonial power, has <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2015/09/17/burkina-faso-war-of-words-follows-military-coup/">condemned the military coup</a> in the west African nation and urged its residents in the country to stay indoors.</p> <p>United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has also expressed concern about the detention of the president and several ministers, and has called for their immediate release.</p> <p>Clashes throughout the day resulted in the deaths of at least three people, hospital authorities report. A euronews source on the ground says this figure is likely to be higher.</p>