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Burkina army 'backs protesters' as parliament set ablaze

Cars burn outside Burkina Faso's parliament in Ouagadougou on October 30, 2014An opposition leader in Burkina Faso said Thursday that the army was “with the people” against the regime of President Blaise Compaore after protesters set light to the parliament building in Ouagadougou. Benewende Sankara, a leading light in the opposition that is protesting against plans to allow Compaore to extend his 27-year-rule, said he planned to meet retired general Kouame Lougue, a former defence minister and army chief, to discuss the crisis. “The opposition is demanding the resignation of President Blaise Compaore to enable calm to be restored.”

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