Thursday, October 30, 2014

Burkina Faso's Parliament Set On Fire As Chaos Spreads Throughout The Capital

Torching The Heart Of Power: Protesters In Burkina Faso Set Fire To PARLIAMENT Amid Violent Demonstrations Against President's Bid To Extend His Rule -- Daily Mail

* Crowds of demonstrators smashed through heavy security cordon to storm National Assembly building in the capital
* Black smoke billowed from smashed windows at the parliament building where several offices were ravaged by flames
* One man killed in violence which forced government to call off controversial vote to extend the President's 27-year rule
* EU has warned that extending President Blaise Compaore's leadership could jeopardise stability in west African nation

Angry demonstrators went on the rampage in Burkina Faso today in protest at plans to allow the President to extend his 27-year rule, setting the parliament on fire and wreaking havoc across the capital.

Crowds of people broke through a heavy security cordon and stormed the National Assembly building in Ouagadougou, ransacking offices and setting fire to cars.

One man was killed in the chaos that erupted in the west African nation shortly before lawmakers were due to vote on the controversial legislation.

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More News On The Crisis In Burkina Faso

Protesters march on Burkina presidency after burning parliament -- Reuters
Burkina Faso parliament set ablaze -- BBC
Burkina Faso protesters march on presidency after burning parliament -- CBC
Burkina Faso Protesters Seek Compaore Ouster as Clashes Escalate -- Bloomberg Businessweek
In Burkina Faso, Crowds Protest Leader's Plan to Extend Rule -- NYT
Burkina Faso: Protesters storm parliament over term limit vote -- AP
Protests in Burkina Faso spiraling out of control -- Mashable

Update: Burkina Faso scraps bill to extend presidents term amid protests -- Reuters

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