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Burkina Faso's Parliament Stormed, Set Ablaze by Protesters

 / Updated  / Source: Reuters
Image: People stand in front of smoke rising from the Burkina Faso's parliament
Smoke rises from Burkina Faso's parliament building in Ouagadougou on Thursday.ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP - Getty Images

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OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — Thousands of protesters stormed Burkina Faso's parliament on Thursday and set fire to the building, witnesses told Reuters. The crowd then headed towards the prime minister's office as a government helicopter flew overhead, shooting tear gas canisters at protesters, a Reuters witness said.

Lawmakers had been due to vote on Thursday a plan proposed by the government to change the constitution to allow President Blaise Compaore stand for re-election next year, when he was due to stand down due to a two-term limit. Most deputies had not yet arrived for the vote when protesters entered the building. "We did this because Blaise was trying to stay too long. We are tired of him," said Seydou Kabre, a protester in the crowd headed to the prime minister's office. "We want a change. He must go!" Security forces protecting the house of Compaore's brother opened fire as demonstrators tried to attack the building, leaving three bodies lying motionless on the ground, a witness said.

Image: People stand in front of smoke rising from the Burkina Faso's parliament
Smoke rises from Burkina Faso's parliament building in Ouagadougou on Thursday.ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP - Getty Images

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