ProtestorsProtesters angry at plans to allow Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaore to extend his 27-year-rule have set fire to parliament.

The BBC’s Laeila Adjovi in the capital, Ouagadougou, say the city hall and ruling party headquarters are also in flames.

The security forces fired tear gas from a helicopter as a crowd surged towards the presidency.

MPs have suspended a vote to allow Mr Compaore to stand for re-election.

One person has been killed in the protests, reports the BBC’s Yacouba Ouedraogo from the capital.

Mr Compaore first took power in a coup in 1987, and has won four disputed elections since then.

The opposition has called for a campaign of civil disobedience to demand that he steps down in elections next year.

“October 30 is Burkina Faso’s Black Spring, like the Arab Spring,” opposition activist Emile Pargui Pare told AFP news agency.

State television has gone off air after protesters stormed the building housing it and ransacked it, Reuters quotes a witness as saying.

he protesters do not want Mr Compaore to change the constitution to extend his rule

Smoke could be seen billowing from parliament.

Police had earlier fired tear gas to prevent protesters from moving in on the parliamentary building.

But about 1,500 people managed to breach the security cordon and were ransacking parliament, AFP reports.

Protesters were setting fire to documents and stealing computer equipment and cars outside the building were also set on fire, it reports.

Blaise Compaore served under President Thomas Sankara as minister of state to the presidency.

He took power after Sankara was killed in mysterious circumstances by a group of soldiers in 1987

He was first elected president in 1991 and again in 1998. A new constitution in 2000 limited presidents to two term limits in office and limited the term to five year. He won two further terms.

Protests at attempts to amend the term limits began a year ago, fuelled by the high cost of living is currently ongoing.



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