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Protesters Set Fire to Burkina Faso Parliament

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Protesters in Burkina Faso have set the parliament ablaze as they are enraged over the government’s plans to let their president extend his 27-year rule.

Members of parliament were trying to change the constitution so that President Blaise Compaore, who has been ruling the country since 1987, to stand for re-election again next year, BBC reports.

However, the country’s citizens are not happy with that idea, and have set fire to parliament, the city hall, and the headquarters of the ruling party.

As of the time of this report, the protesters are marching towards the presidential palace, and Burkina Faso’s airport has been shut down.

Five people have died in the course of the protests.

Photo Credit: AFP/BBC

22 Comments

  1. Drknite

    October 30, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Power to the people. 27 years is too long to have an incompetent leader. It’s to kick him out.

  2. bruno

    October 30, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    WHAT!!!. 27 year rule. he has been the president for a whoke 27 yesrs no shaking.
    pls they should catch that predident and kill him immediately.

    black man is not capable of ruling themselves. the greed and wickedness in a black man’s heart is astronomical. Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in the world,

  3. Fols

    October 30, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Sometimes I wonder if this is what Nigeria needs…only I wish no one would have to die for others to live.

    • i no send

      October 30, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      i agree

  4. Kisi

    October 30, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    This president is power drunk. 27 years and he still wants to rule?

  5. el patron

    October 30, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    this can never happen in Nigeria.. I no wan die..papa dey for house mama dey for house..i think this is what we need..revolution!

  6. asgrl

    October 30, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    But the struggle 6 pack on that guy though …..LOL. Sorry! let me apologize for the thirst proactively.

    • Bleed Blue

      October 31, 2014 at 8:37 am

      Hahahahahaha!!! Why are you like this ehn? Hahahahaha!!!!

  7. jennietobbie

    October 30, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    since 1987?????

  8. mulikat

    October 30, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Pls Naija u see what happen,fight for ur right and ur future,b4 they milk dry nigerian, set all Govt,building plus their house on fire,Revelotion start oh ya run stand up for ur right.wicked black man,27yr of ruling a country,they remain the poorest in africa,no front no back,pls kill him with all is members and families not only fire,and live him to run with all money to excle.

  9. Muse

    October 30, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    please all you guys saying Nigeria needs this, this is not nigeria, nigeria is way pass this, even in tough times. the only person that almost tried it is dead, sani Abacha and yes clueless or not, GEJ by far is the MOST DEMOCRATIC president Nig ever had, EVER!. Please appreciate what you have and hope for better. Don’t drag us down like boko haram and go backwards. These other countries leaders deserve such

    • Fre

      October 31, 2014 at 8:28 am

      Plus we all need to remove the cloud blocking our eyes (and memories) say NO to Buhari 2015!
      Imagine Abacha being alive and saying he wants to come rule again.
      Buhari’s atrocities weren’t just as popular.
      We need to move past sentiments as a country. It’s the only way we can move forward

  10. omoibo

    October 30, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Great job! All these rule for life African thieving & useless leaders your days are numbered…

  11. Zim1

    October 31, 2014 at 2:26 am

    Can these people come to Zimbabwe, we need their help. Mugabe is trying to extend his 34 year rule. Africa is doomed.

  12. Ugandan

    October 31, 2014 at 7:49 am

    How I wish we had the same courage here.

  13. Tony

    October 31, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Cameroonians should also wake up and cleanse the land. The ice king has been there for almost 33yrs. People are languishing. Africaaaaaaa

  14. pear ice

    October 31, 2014 at 9:22 am

    what are you people saying 27 years is small ,come to cameroon and see president paul biya since 1982 thats 33 years and he is still ready to rule.people of cameroon,this is our time to say no.

  15. papermoon

    October 31, 2014 at 9:55 am

    a new dawn in Burkina Faso………. I hear some 30 people have been shot dead. I hope the President learns from the lot of Gbagbo and Mubarak and many others who thought they could do anything they wanted until their citizens and the ICC decided that NO, U CANT.

    • papermoon

      October 31, 2014 at 3:31 pm

      Campaore took the best decision and resigned. Now the country will be free to establishe its transitional processes and grow. The presidency is not an inheritance for anyone.

  16. Kanz

    October 31, 2014 at 9:59 am

    It is interesting to observe the trend in other countries too. Cameroon, Zimbabwe… It is indeed an African problem. One that must be addressed. The youths of today are of a different brand. Leaders must do things right to avoid being flung out by their sons and daughters.

  17. efe

    October 31, 2014 at 10:26 am

    e bi like say naija people go take lead from this. just thinkig aloud. we get over drunk with Power. Ruling for 27 years thats wickedness of the highest order, wan no bi Royal palace

  18. jake ro

    October 31, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Damaging public properties inthis type of situation is not the best.knowing africa, it will take anothet 50 year to rebuild that building.bit, I support their standing against what that president wants to do.now, next will be cameroun.

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