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Burkina Faso to Try Ex-President Blaise Compaoré for Murder of Iconic Leader Thomas Sankara

HeadlineApr 14, 2021

In Burkina Faso, authorities have charged exiled former President Blaise Compaoré with the murder of Thomas Sankara, who was killed in a 1987 coup. Sankara was a revered leader, an anti-colonialist Marxist who enacted popular social programs and was dubbed the “African Che Guevara.” Compaoré succeeded Sankara, his one-time close friend, and was eventually ousted decades later in a popular uprising in 2014. He will be tried in absentia.

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