Authorities in Burkina Faso have admitted shutting down Facebook in the country, only hinting that the action was for “security reasons.”
Spokesperson to the government Alkassoum Maiga, in what citizens perceived as sheer arrogance, said the government was under no obligation to state the actual cause of the cruel blockade which began on January 10 and has since continued.
According to Omega Radio, the government spokesman said:
“I think that if we have a choice between letting insecurity spread and taking measures that allow us to maintain a minimum control over the situation, then the choice seems clear to us that the national interest must take precedence.”
On January 11, 2022, the government of Burkina Faso announced that it had arrested eight soldiers in connection with a crime that was not mentioned, but which local media described as attempt to stage a coup d’état in the West African nation.
NetBlocks, internet rights group, says there was a considerable internet outage on January 11.
The killing of 53 people by Islamic terrorists in November of 2021 has provoked public outrage against the government and has intensified fear of a possible coup d’état in the country.