A demonstrator carries a sign in Ouagadougou during a recent demonstration against the government of Burkina Faso president Blaise Compaore. The sign reads: "We want the departure of Blaise Compaore."

Nairobi/Ouagadougou - Students in Burkina Faso have joined protests over high food prices being led by mutinous soldiers in the West African country, BBC radio reported on Tuesday.

Unrest spread from the capital, Ouagadougou, to four other cities after members of the presidential guard and other soldiers staged a mutiny last week.

President Blaise Compaore has since dismissed the army, air force and police chiefs and dissolved his government.

Many of the country's soldiers are reportedly unhappy with their pay.

Food and fuel prices have been on the rise in the landlocked country, partially due to the recent fighting in the Ivory Coast, a major transit route for shipments into Burkina Faso. - Sapa-dpa