Protesters Burn Parliament in Burkina Faso

10/30/2014: According to BBC News, massive protests are taking place in Burkina Faso over President Blaise Compaore’s efforts to extend his 27-year rule by changing the country’s constitution.

Protestors have responded by setting fire to parliament, city hall, and the ruling party headquarters in the capital city of Ouagadougou. Huge crowds are storming the presidential palace and the city’s main square. Television stations and cell networks have been shut down, as has the main airport. The protests have spread to Bobo-Dioulasso and other parts of the country as well.

At this time, no Alliance workers have been directly affected by the protests. “All of our folks are safe and no one is feeling targeted at all,” reports a worker in Ouagadougou. “All have adequate supplies to be able to get along for some time. No one has been too close to the violence in the city, although several government officials’ homes have been burned within blocks of where [some of our workers] live.

“The U.S. Embassy advises that everyone stay hunkered down and wait it out. At this point no violence has been targeted to foreigners. Envision has a film team that was to fly out this evening and another team on their way in to Burkina today; but the airport is closed so these teams are stuck, one in Ouaga and the other somewhere on the way. [One worker] has been in communication with the Bobo team. There has been some violence there, but so far, our folks are doing okay.”

Please pray for the safety of these workers as well as protection over the nearly 650 Alliance congregations in the country.


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