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Burkina parliament set ablaze in protests over president

Smoke rising from Burkina Faso's Parliament, where demonstrators set cars parked in a courtyard of the Parliament on fire, October 30, 2014 in OuagadougouAngry demonstrators went on the rampage in Burkina Faso on Thursday, setting parliament ablaze in an uprising against the regime of long-standing President Blaise Compaore. The protesters forced the government to scrap a vote on controversial plans to allow Compaore to extend his 27-year rule, with tens of thousands of people joining a mass rally in the capital Ouagadougou calling for the strongman to go. Hundreds of people stormed parliament and other public buildings including the national television headquarters, ransacking offices and setting fire to cars, despite a heavy police and army presence across the capital Ouagadougou. The United States and former colonial power France voiced alarm over the unrest gripping the poor west African nation while the UN chief was sending an envoy to help restore calm.

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