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Government Dissolved, State of Emergency Declared in Burkina Faso


Government Dissolved, State of Emergency Declared in Burkina Faso

Tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in Burkina Faso to demand the ouster of President Blaise Compaore, who seized power in a coup 27 years ago and has been seeking to extend term limits so that he might run for reelection again in 2015. The protesters stormed parliament and other government buildings, setting them alight. They also stormed the state television headquarters, taking it off the air. Compaore has responded by dissolving the government and declaring a state of emergency, a move condemned by opposition leaders. More… Discuss

FREE SPEECH ZONE


Free Speech Zone

Free speech zones are, in the US, fenced-in areas set aside in public places for activists to exercise their right to free speech. Though the zones give protesters space to voice their opinions, critics claim that the cages in fact censor dissenters by delineating where they must be when expressing themselves. Free speech zones were widely used during Vietnam-era protests and are still used at various political events. For whom did one California airport install free speech zones in the 1990s? More… Discuss