Burkina Faso Parliament Set Ablaze By Protesters

Groups of protesters, angry over recent presidential plans in the country, have set fire to the parliament building, the city hall and the ruling party headquarters.

Demonstrators, angry at the plans to allow Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaore to extend his 27-year-rule, have set fire to a number of government buildings in the capital Ouagadougou, including parliament, city hall and the headquarters of the ruling party. Military officials also reportedly fired at protesters who breached the security around the parliament, storming the grounds of the building.

Parliament was due to consider changing the Burkina Faso constitution to allow Mr Compaore to run for office again, in next year’s election. Mr Compaore first took power in a coup in 1987, and has won four disputed elections since then.

Opposition to Mr Compaore have called for a campaign of civil disobedience, demanding that he steps down in next year’s elections. About 1’500 people breached the security cordon at parliament and began ransacking the building, as well as storming the state television compound. As a result, the state television service has gone offline.

According to witnesses, protesters have been setting fire to documents and stealing computer equipment, as well as setting cars outside the building ablaze.

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