Civil unrest in Burkina Faso - General strike called for today

Thousands of protesters marched yesterday in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, to protest term limits for the president. Clashes with the police erupted later in the day as protesters moved toward the National Assembly. Opposition parties have started a campaign of civil disobedience. The law will be debated on Thursday and more protests could occur. Trade unions have called for a general strike today.

Sitata reminds travellers to minimize safety risk by avoiding public and political gatherings and demonstrations in any city since even peaceful protests can quickly and unexpectedly become violent. Some countries have laws against foreigners taking part in protests in their country.