At least three people died and dozens were injured in demonstrations to protest a military takeover in Burkina Faso, less than a month before elections were due to be held. Diane Hodges reports.
Burkino Faso in west Africa, has been plunged into chaos, the military announcing it has taken control of the government. Military officials say they have stripped Interim President Michel Kafando of power and dissolved the government, one month before national elections were scheduled. The drama began on Wednesday when soldiers burst into a cabinet meeting and arrested Kafando. Troops sent to break up protests outside the presidential palace, reportedly left dead and injured in their wake. UPSOT OF WITNESS SOT) This man says a military truck drove into one group of demonstrators and opened fire. Kafando took office only last October, after massive crowds protested plans by then-president Blaise Compaore to amend the constitution so he could serve a third term in office. Military leaders have named a key Compaore supporter to lead the group that is now ruling the country. The coup has squashed hopes of a smooth transition to democratic rule in a country that had become a beacon of hope for other African countries trying to transition to democratic government.