A curfew was imposed yesterday evening in Koudougou, 150 km west of the Burkina Faso capital, after violent protests following the death over the weekend of a well-known journalist, Norbert Zongo, news organisations reported. At least 16 people were said to have been injured in Zongo’s hometown. Zongo’s charred body was found in a car with three other passengers. He was the editor of the weekly ‘L’Independent’ and a staunch critic of the government.
The government of Burkina Faso issued a statement deeply regretting Zongo’s death and appealed for calm. Radio Burkina quoted a statement issued by the ministry of territorial administration, as saying that the government had “reiterated (the) appeal for calm, and informed the entire population that firm instructions have been given to the security forces to check any act of vandalism, demonstrations, or gatherings in unauthorised public places”.