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Protesters in the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, have stormed the Parliament and entered the building. Army forces who fired at the crowd in an attempt to quell the increasingly fervent protest were forced to retreat at the angry crowd took the upper hand. This protest began in response to news that Parliament was due to consider a constitutional amendment allowing 27-year president Blaise Compaore to remain in power next year. Compaore took power in Burkina Faso by way of a coup in 1987 and has been in power since. There have been four elections confirming him as the nation’s leader, though the results of those elections have been widely questioned and there is a growing movement of young people engaging in civil disobedience to demand his removal from office. This protest, and the taking of the Parliament building is an escalation of that campaign.
By Jim Malone