As of 1300 local time/UTC on 30 September 2022, negotiations are underway between the government and members of the National Armed Forces amid an alleged military mutiny in the capital Ouagadougou, according to a statement issued by the office of the president. Anti-government protesters have gathered in the streets to demand the departure of President Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, who took power in January 2022 following a coup d’état, and also to demand the release of Lieutenant-Colonel Emmanuel Zoungrana, a detained military official. The reported mutiny began at approximately 0100 local time when gunfire and explosions were reported near the Baba Sy military base. The state television channel temporarily went off the air before the broadcast returned and forwent coverage regarding the ongoing security situation. Soldiers have erected blockades near the presidential palace and in strategic locations in several areas of Ouagadougou.
In response, government officials warned residents to avoid travel to Thomas Sankara International Airport (DFFD/OUA) and stay away from public facilities. The U.S. and Canadian embassies in Burkina Faso have advised residents to limit movements and to follow guidance of local authorities.
Analyst Comment: The popularity of the current regime has significantly faded since it took power in a military coup in January 2022. Many residents – who initially welcomed the regime change in hopes of an improved security environment in Burkina Faso — blame the government for failing to prevent militant attacks that continue to affect the populace. While the negotiations remain ongoing between the military and the current government, the security situation is likely to remain uncertain, as there have been no reported signs of de-escalation by deployed military elements