1207 GMT December 01, 2022
"Things are progressively returning to order, so we urge you to freely go about your business and to refrain from any act of violence and vandalism... notably those that could be perpetrated against the French Embassy and the French military base," an officer said, reading on television from a statement from Captain Ibrahim Traore, who stood by his side.
Traore was proclaimed Burkina's new ruler in the wake of a claimed coup on Friday.
The comments came after security forces fired tear gas at dozens of rock-throwing protesters outside France’s Embassy in Burkina Faso’s capital, as unrest simmers in the West African country following its second coup this year.
Supporters of the coup leader gathered outside the building in Ouagadougou a day after he accused the deposed military chief Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba of hiding out at a French base to plot a “counteroffensive”.
With French troops watching from the embassy’s roof, protesters set fire to barriers outside and lobbed rocks at the structure when the tear gas volleys were fired.
The latest spasm of violence to convulse Burkina Faso began on Friday when junior military officers toppled Damiba, accusing him of failing to quell attacks from armed groups linked to Daesh and Al-Qaeda terrorist groups. Damiba had come to power in a January coup.
A statement on Saturday signed by Traore said Damiba “is believed to have taken refuge in the French base at Kamboinsin in order to plan a counteroffensive to stir up trouble in our defence and security forces”.
Later on Saturday, Damiba rejected the allegations that he was at a French base but provided no further details about his whereabouts.