Unions and civil society groups have called for a nationwide general strike and protest marches to take place across the country on Thursday, November 29, to denounce a recent hike in fuel prices. In the capital Ouagadougou, protesters are expected to gather at Bourse du Travail and march to the Ministry of Commerce via Avenue de la Nation. A heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are to be expected along any march route. Clashes between demonstrators and security forces cannot be ruled out.
Since November 9, the price of fuel has risen by 12 percent. This, according to the government, is due to various factors, including increased prices in the global market, financial difficulties at the national fuel company, and the necessity to raise revenues to finance the war against terrorism.
Individuals present in Burkina Faso are advised to monitor developments to the situation, anticipate related transportation disruptions, avoid protests as a precaution, and adhere to any instructions issued by local authorities.