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Revolution, Televised: Burkina Faso Protesters Storm State TV

Thousands of protesters stormed Burkina Faso's parliament and ransacked state television offices on Thursday, forcing it off the air.
Image: Anti-government protesters take over the state TV podium in Ouagadougou
Anti-government protesters take over a state TV studio in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on October 30, 2014. JOE PENNEY / Reuters

Thousands of protesters stormed Burkina Faso's parliament and ransacked state television offices on Thursday, forcing it off the air. Black smoke swirled in the air around parliament after demonstrators lit fires inside the building before looting computers and television screens and wheeling away police motorbikes. The protests forced President Blaise Compaore to scrap a plan to extend his 27-year rule.

Anti-government protesters take over the parliament building in Ouagadougou on Oct. 30, 2014.JOE PENNEY / Reuters

— Reuters