Several hundred people gathered in Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou yesterday in support of a military takeover that a day earlier deposed President Roch Kabore, as France and the UN condemned the West African country’s latest coup. “As far as we’re concerned, it’s not a coup,” Julienne Traore, a 30-year-old teacher, told the AFP news agency, “it’s the liberation of a country, which was being governed by people who were incompetent”. Al Jazeera reports that some demonstrators carried Malian and Russian flags – a reference to Mali’s military government, which in 2020 also took power on the back of protests over the response to armed group bloodshed and has recently depended on security ties with Moscow. Journalist Sam Mednick, reporting from Ouagadougou, meanwhile said there is “a lot of support for this coup” amid the country’s security crisis.