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On Burkina Faso US Says Reconsider Travel Inner City Press Asked UN Guterres Silent After Lisbon Junket

By Matthew Russell Lee, CJR Letter PFT Q&A, NY Post

UNITED NATIONS GATE, June 3 As things further deteriorated in Burkina Faso on March 22 Inner City Press asked UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric about it in writing: "March 22-1: On Burkina Faso, what is the SG's comment and action on the execution by Burkinabe security forces of over 115 men accused of supporting or harbouring the armed Islamists?" There has been no answer, despite Dujarric and outgoing censor Alison Smale's promises that questions would be answered. Guterres is corrupt, and he is corrupting each and every UN body.

Now on June 3, from the US State Department, this: "The Department of State renewed its Travel Advisory for Burkina Faso on June 3, 2019. The Department continues to advise travelers to reconsider travel to Burkina Faso. Reconsider travel to Burkina Faso due to terrorism, crime, and kidnapping.  Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.  Do Not Travel to the following regions due to crime, terrorism, and kidnapping:  The Boucle du Mouhoun Region The Cascades Region The Centre-Est Region The Centre-Nord Region The Centre-Ouest Region except Boulkiemde Province The Centre-Sud Region The Est Region The Hauts-Bassins Region The Nord Region The Sahel Region The Sud-Ouest Region

 The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in the listed regions because U.S. government personnel travel to these areas is restricted.  Do Not Travel to the following parts of the city of Ouagadougou due to terrorism and crime:  Arrondissement 11: Karpala, Balkiui, and Rayongo (also known as Dayongo) neighborhoods. Terrorist groups continue plotting attacks in Burkina Faso. Terrorists may conduct attacks anywhere with little or no warning. Targets could include hotels, restaurants, police stations, customs offices, areas at or near mining sites, places of worship, military posts, and schools.  Burkina Faso experiences attacks throughout the country.  On March 7, 2019 the Burkinabe army launched a military operation to combat terrorism in the east of the country that led to the arrest of approximately 100 terrorists.  On May 10, Burkinabe security forces launched a counterterrorism operation in Burkina Faso’s northern regions.     The Government of Burkina Faso has declared a state of emergency in the entire East and Sahel regions, the provinces of Kossi and Sourou in the Boucle de Mouhoun region, the province of Kenedougou in the Hauts Bassins region, the province of Loroum in the North region, and the province of Koulpelogo in the Center-East region."

  On May 26 with Guterres having disappeared for two days, seemingly to his real home in Lisbon spending untold public money on the way, four people were killed on Sunday (May 26) at a Catholic church in northern Burkina. "The Christian community of Toulfe was the target of a terrorist attack which gathered for Sunday prayers. The attack left four of the faithful dead," the Bishop of Ouahigouya, Justin Kientega, said in a statement. But nothing, long long after, from the corrupt Guterres now on the way to pick up an award for himself.

On May 12, "Gunmen killed six people attending mass at the Catholic Church of Dablo in northern Burkina Faso Sunday morning, officials and witnesses said.  The priest and five churchgoers were among the victims, a witness said. "They were about forty on motorcycles," the witness said of the attackers. "They made everyone lie down, executed 5 before torching the church."  The attackers set parts of the church and nearby shops on fire before fleeing the scene roughly an hour and a half after they arrived. Multiple injuries have been reported.  Last week, gunman killed five people in a Protestant church in the small northern town of Silgadji." Many hours later, this, which we publish in full: "The Secretary-General strongly condemns this morning’s attack on a Catholic Church during mass, in the village of Dablo, in the Center-North Region of Burkina Faso.     He expresses his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to the injured.   He recalls the sanctity of all places of worship and hopes the perpetrators can be swiftly brought to justice.     The Secretary-General conveys the solidarity of the United Nations to the Government and people of Burkina Faso in this difficult moment for the nation. He urges all citizens of Burkina Faso to stand firmly with one another across communities and not to succumb to efforts to sow discord and breed further violence.  The UN stands ready to assist in any way it can.      Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General  New York, 12 May 2019." Guterres is headed to Fiji, Tuvalu and Vanuatu...

Inner City Press also asked, "May 1-6: On Burkina Faso and the rule of law, what is the SG's comment and action if any on that a hundred Burkinabe lawyers took to the streets of Ouagadougou on Monday to condemn the shutdown of the judiciary, which they vex has paralysed judicial activities in the country since October 2018.  “The Burkina Faso Bar Association denounces and condemns the blocking of the judicial system, the massive and indiscriminate violation of the rights of users of justice,” said Paulin Salambéré, Bar President, after a march in front of the Ministry of Justice.  He noted that there are currently 808 remand prisoners awaiting trial, 1,640 accused prisoners whose cases are under investigation and 3,641 convicted prisoners in prison whose sentences are hampered by dysfunctions?"

Dujarric, who for Guterres and others got Inner City Press roughed up and banned refused to answer, despite his on camera promise to do so. Gunmen killed six people attending mass at the Catholic Church of Dablo in northern Burkina Faso Sunday morning, officials and witnesses said.  The priest and five churchgoers were among the victims, a witness told VOA Africa.  "They were about forty on motorcycles," the witness said of the attackers. "They made everyone lie down, executed 5 before torching the church."

Inner City Press on July 5 was banned from entering the UN, the day after it filed a criminal complaint against UN Security for physically removing it from covering the meeting about the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres' $6.7 billion peacekeeping budget, as witnessed and essentially cheered on by senior UN official Christian Saunders, tearing its reporter's shirt, painfully and intentionally twisting his arm and slamming shut and damaging his laptop. On August 17, Guterres' Global Communicator Alison Smale issued a letter banning Inner City Press from the UN - for life. With no due process. She and Guterres have put the UN in the US Press Freedom Tracker, here. Smale said, again, that the UN would answer Press questions to the Spokesman Stephane Dujarric and his Office; Dujarric said the same on camera. On April 29 three hours before Dujarric held a UN noon briefing where he joked with his insiders and said there should be a reality show about them at UNCA, Inner City Press submitted 765 questions, including why it continues to be lawlessly banned from entering to ask questions in person...

April 4-2: On UN bribery and censorship, what now is the SG's comment and response to the April 3article in Serbia about CEFC which Mr Guterres has refused to audit - and about his refusal to answer, and censorship of Press "Gutereš had and had his own financial link with the CEFC, through the Gulbenkian Foundation. On the orders of Guteres, on June 22 and July 3, 2018, the security came to me, and I was banned from reporting from the UN. In fact, Gutereš took advantage of his security from the UN to distance me from his speech at the Park East Synagogue, and recently physically stopped me while he entered the mosque in 96th Street"  and now this...

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