Hundreds in Burkina Faso protest US response to HRW massacre report

Hundreds protested outside the US embassy in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou on Friday, against Washington's reaction to Human Rights Watch accusations of an army massacre of civilians, an AFP journalist saw.

On Monday, Britain and the United States said they were "gravely concerned" a few days after HRW published a report accusing soldiers of killing at least 223 people, including 56 children, in revenge attacks on two villages on February 25.

London and Washington jointly urged Ouagadougou to "thoroughly investigate these massacres and hold those responsible to account".

The military rulers of Burkina Faso dismissed the report as "baseless".

Shopkeepers and private-sector workers marched towards the embassy mid-afternoon, draped in Russian and Burkinabe flags, chanting anti-imperialist slogans. The embassy was protected by riot police.

In response Burkina suspended a swathe of international news organisations for airing accusations of an army massacre of civilians, including the British BBC and the US Voice of America.


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