On 30 June 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Ouagadougou issued a Demonstration Alert, which reads in part as follows: “Demonstrations are expected to take place on July 3 and 4, 2021, starting at Place de la Revolution [located in central Ouagadougou] at approximately 8:00 am on both Saturday and Sunday. No end time has been set for the demonstrations, which may expand into other areas of the city. Counter-protests may also spontaneously develop at other locations in Ouagadougou.”

Analyst Comment: The demonstrations are being organized by opposition groups to denounce the government’s inability to handle the spread of Islamist insurgency across the eastern and northern areas of Burkina Faso. Leading opposition politicians have also demanded the resignation of President Roch Kabore, who reshuffled his Cabinet on 30 June and took over the Defense Ministry.