Protesters gather in Ouagadougou in a show of support for loyalist troops who have told Burkina Faso coup leaders to surrender or face attack. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Troops loyal to Burkina Faso's government massed in the capital on Tuesday (September 22) and told soldiers behind a coup to disarm and surrender by 10 a.m. (1000 GMT) or face attack, a loyalist officer said, setting up a showdown over control of the country. Rebel soldiers still controlled the presidential palace, but troops that oppose the coup held most other key points in Ouagadougou, witnesses said. The situation remained fluid and loyalists said the rebelling soldiers had already started negotiations on the conditions of their surrender. In one apparent olive branch, the coup leaders released interim prime minister Yacouba Isaac Zida, who had been held hostage since the revolt began, his adviser told Reuters. Ex-spy chief General Gilbert Diendere and his presidential guard rebelled on Wednesday, raiding a cabinet meeting and detaining the president and other ministers. The rebellion derailed a transition in Burkina Faso, which had been preparing for an election on Oct. 11. That vote aimed to restore democracy nearly a year after an uprising toppled President Blaise Compaore who held power for 27 years in the landlocked West African country.