Some 184 people have been imprisoned in Burkina Faso over the last fortnight, among them Thibault Nana, the leader of a small opposition party who is accused of masterminding a demonstration in the capital Ouagadougou in late February. Nana had called for a “dead city” day of strikes and civil action in Ouagadougou which took place on Feb. 28 to protest against increases in the prices of basic products. Similar demonstrations took place earlier in Bobo-Dioulasso, the second largest city in the country, as well Banforo and Ouahigouya. Some of the protests turned violent. (IRIN)

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