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Revolution in Burkina Faso and the Downfall of Blaise Compaore

November 15, 2014 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

BurkinaFasoFlyer_croppedThe new phase of the Burkinabe revolution nurtured and fueled with Thomas Sankara’s Spirit, coined “Compaore Must Go Movement” ended on October 31, 2014 the 27 year rule of President Blaise Compaore, who had decided to change the Constitution to extend his time in power.
This forum will critically analyze the insurgency and contingencies, development, and impact of the “Compaore Must Go Movement” on Africa and the world.

This forum will also critically focus on the impact of the people movement and power of Burkina Faso on other African countries namely Benin, Burundi, Congo Brazzaville, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, where the respective leaders of these countries, after more than a decade of rule plan to maintain themselves in power through constitutional changes.

  • Heather Benno, ANSWER Coalition,
  • Bill Fletcher, writer and activist and host of “Global African,”
  • Paul Sankara, Committee Against Impunity in Burkina Faso and brother of Thomas Sankara,
  • Gnaka Lagoke, Revival of Pan-Africanism Forum,
  • Mary-Alice Waters, president of Pathfinder Press

Prior to the discussion the conference will feature a powerhouse of the Burkinabe revolution, Hip Hop singer and founding member of Le Balai Citoyen (Civic Broom) Smockey.

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November 15, 2014
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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