Revolution in Burkina Faso: The Fall of Compaoré

In late October, the landlocked African nation of Burkina Faso saw the end of its president’s 27-year-long reign. A popular revolution terminated Blaise Compaoré’s term after he tried to change the constitution so that he could run for a fifth consecutive term.

Cornered by an angry mob in his presidential palace, “Beau Blaise” fled the country along with his entourage as protesters torched the National Assembly and other symbols of the old regime.

Now in exile, Compaoré is rumored to be living in luxury on the Ivory Coast. In Burkina Faso, a new transitional government has emerged, led by President Michel Kafando and his prime minister, Lieutenant-Colonel Yacouba Isaac Zida.

VICE News went to the streets of Burkina Faso’s capital of Ouagadougou in the midst of the revolution to document the final hours of Compaoré’s reign.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – November 18, 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines.​ Today: Kenyan women demonstrate against sexual violence, former foreign minister of Burkina Faso appointed interim president, Thai police in search of American tourists who tried to ship preserved body parts to Las Vegas, and Polish scientists use 3D technology to treat disabled and autistic children.

KENYA
Protest Against Sexual Violence Draws Large Crowds in Nairobi
Nearly a thousand women marched in solidarity with a woman who was stripped naked by a group of men almost two weeks ago.

BURKINA FASO
Former Foreign Minister Named Transitional President
Michel Kafando will choose a prime minister to form a government until elections are held late next year.

THAILAND
American Tourists Questioned for Trying to Ship Body Parts
A DHL shipping depot in Bangkok intercepted packages containing a baby’s head and foot, an adult heart, and a sheet of tattooed skin.

POLAND
3D Technology Seeks to Improve Therapy for Children
Scientists have created an application that they believe helps kids with Down syndrome and autism stay focused for longer periods of time.

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