Protesters have surged past police lines and broken into Burkina Faso’s parliament ahead of a vote to allow the president to seek another term next year.
Smoke could be seen coming from the building in the capital, Ouagadougou.
Protesters angry at plans to allow Burkina Faso's President to extend his 27-year-rule have set fire to parliament. pic.twitter.com/GX8HUb4wFj— Allan Ominde (@Allan_Ominde) October 30, 2014
Police had earlier pushed the crowds back with tear gas, but they regrouped in larger numbers and broke into the building.
Thousands of protesters have swarmed the streets of the capital of this west African country, usually known for its relative stability in a volatile region.
The protesters say 27 years in power is enough for president Blaise Compaore and vowed to prevent members of parliament from voting on a Bill that would allow him to seek election again next year.
Many lawmakers appeared to have reached the chamber before it was stormed.