Protestors set ablaze Parliament of Burkina Faso against vote to allow President another term
Protestors on 30 October 2014 set ablaze Parliament of Burkina Faso against vote to allow President another term.
Protestors on 30 October 2014 set ablaze Parliament of Burkina Faso against vote to allow President another term. Protestors in the capital, Ouagadougou, were calling for the President Blaise Compaore to resign. President was ruling from last 27 years.
Around 30 people were killed and more than 100 injured in violence. After the violence of protesters, the army chief Gen Honore Traore proclaimed the emergency in Ouagadougou. The army chief did not say who would lead the interim administration.
However, it remained unclear who was in charge of the country after an earlier announcement by the army that it had taken control, dissolved parliament and would put in place a transitional government.
After a gap of few hours, Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore refused to give up power but called off a state of emergency imposed after a violent uprising.
Hundreds stormed parliament and other public buildings including the national television headquarters in the capital Ougadougou, ransacking offices and setting fire to cars despite a heavy police and army presence.
In the last week of October 2014, lawmakers prepared to vote on legislation that would allow 63-year-old Compaore - who took power in a 1987 coup - to contest elections in November 2015. As a result, the chaos erupted.
The lawmakers called off the vote, but not before Burkina Faso plunged into its worst crisis since a wave of mutinies shook the country in 2011.