Spirit of ‘Africa’s Che Guevara’ found in Burkina Faso uprising

31 October 2014 — New Power

_74550481_sankara_afpBy Kingsley Kobo (AlJeezera)

OUGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso – In the early hours of a night in 1987, one of Africa’s youngest leaders, Thomas Sankara, was murdered and quietly and quickly buried in a shallow grave.

Now, the man widely believed to be behind it, Burkina Faso’s president, has watched as his parliament was set ablaze by furious protesters who want him gone.

Many of the protesters say the history of the slain 1980s leader partly inspired them to rise against Blaise Compaore, who has been in power for 27 years and was trying, by a vote in parliament, for another five.

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Remembering Thomas Sankara, the EFF’s muse By Rebecca Davis

5 November 2013 — Daily Maverick 

Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters have invoked the legacy of former Burkina Faso president Thomas Sankara as a model of governance they apparently wish to emulate. And indeed, Sankara remains one of the least-remembered, but most creative and principled, of post-independence African leaders. Malema and his fighters might particularly like to remember Sankara’s commitment to an austere personal lifestyle, and the total emancipation of women. By REBECCA DAVIS.

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