The National Coordination of Education Unions (CNSE) is calling on teachers across Burkina Faso to hold a 24-hour strike on Thursday, April 18. CNSE leaders also threatened to take further actions if the government fails to address their concerns following the strike. Associated demonstrations are also possible during the action, particularly in the capital Ouagadougou and other major urban areas. Heightened security measures and localized traffic disruptions should be anticipated around all protest sites.
CNSE leaders have accused the government of failing to implement an agreement that was signed in February 2019. Teachers have been calling for improved working conditions and the payment of bonuses, among other issues.
Individuals in Burkina Faso, particularly in Ouagadougou, are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and obey all instructions issued by the local authorities.
Due to the severe threats of terrorism and kidnapping, individuals present in Burkina Faso - including the capital Ouagadougou - are strongly advised to be discreet regarding personal details, particularly information concerning nationality, employment, family, etc. Individuals are also advised to avoid public events and places frequented by Westerners, to remain vigilant at all times, and to report any suspicious objects or behavior to the authorities.
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