Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, has been the scene of violent protests today, as demonstrators vent their anger over a proposal to extend President Blaise Compaore's 27-year rule. The storming of the parliament building today marked the culmination of several days of demonstrations. A reported 1,500 protesters ransacked offices and set buildings, documents, equipment, and vehicles ablaze. Security forces attempted to control the crowds using tear gas and live rounds. Emergency services said at least three protesters have been shot dead and several others wounded so far. Ouagadougou airport is now closed, and state TV is off the air. The violent reaction has led the government to scrap the planned presidential term extension, but opposition protesters are now calling for Compaore's resignation. [24 photos total]

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Protesters enter the parliament in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, on October 30, 2014. Hundreds of angry demonstrators stormed parliament on October 30 before setting it on fire in protest at plans to change the constitution to allow President Blaise Compaore to extend his 27-year rule. (Issouf Sanogo AFP Getty Images) #
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Earlier this week, on October 28, 2014, Burkina Faso opposition supporters protested in Ouagadougou against plans to let the long-serving president extend his rule beyond 30 years. (Issouf Sanogo AFP Getty Images) #
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Hundreds of demonstrators clash with police in Ouagadougou on October 28, 2014 after a mass rally. The violence erupted at the end of a march that drew up to a million people, according to opposition leaders fighting to prevent what they see as a constitutional coup by supporters of President Blaise Compaore. (Issouf Sanogo AFP Getty Images) #
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Demonstrators clash with Police in Ouagadougou on October 28, 2014. (Issouf Sanogo AFP Getty Images) #
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Burkina Faso riot police arrest an opposition supporter in Ouagadougou on October 28, 2014 as hundreds battled police after a mass rally. (Issouf Sanogo AFP Getty Images) #
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On October 29, 2014, police hold hands to cordon off access to the parliament in Ouagadougou as people demonstrate against the high cost of living in Burkina Faso. Trade unions in Burkina Faso have called a general strike on October 29 following a day of protests against long-serving President Blaise Compaore that saw hundreds of thousands of people on the streets. (Issouf Sanogo AFP Getty Images) #
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Smoke rises from Burkina Faso's Parliament, where demonstrators set cars on fire parked in a courtyard on October 30, 2014. Police had fired tear gas on protesters to try to prevent them from moving in on the National Assembly building ahead of a vote on the controversial legislation. (Issouf Sanogo AFP Getty Images) #
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People stand in front of a fire in front of Burkina Faso's Parliament on October 30, 2014 in Ouagadougou. About 1,500 people managed to break through a security cordon, ransacking parliament, according to AFP correspondents. Protesters broke into offices, setting fire to documents and stealing computer equipment, and setting fire to cars outside. (Issouf Sanogo AFP Getty Images) #
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Protesters pose with a police shield outside the parliament in Ouagadougou on October 30, 2014. (Issouf Sanogo AFP Getty Images) #
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Cars and documents burn outside the parliament in Ouagadougou on October 30, 2014. (Issouf Sanogo AFP Getty Images) #
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Protesters stand outside the parliament in Ouagadougou on October 30, 2014 as cars and documents burn outside. (Issouf Sanogo AFP Getty Images) #
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Protesters stand among burning vehicles outside the parliament in Ouagadougou on October 30, 2014. (Issouf Sanogo AFP Getty Images) #
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Protesters stand beside burning cars and documents outside the parliament in Ouagadougou on October 30, 2014. (Issouf Sanogo AFP Getty Images) #
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Anti-government protesters set fire to the parliament building in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on October 30, 2014. (Reuters / Joe Penney) #
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Cars and documents burn outside the parliament in Ouagadougou on October 30, 2014. (Issouf Sanogo AFP Getty Images) #
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Anti-government protesters take over the parliament building in Ouagadougou on October 30, 2014. (Reuters / Joe Penney) #
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Anti-government protesters take over the state TV podium in Ouagadougou on October 30, 2014. (Reuters Joe Penney) #
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A deputy clutching a national flag flees the parliament in Ouagadougou on October 30, 2014, after angry demonstrators set parliament ablaze. (Issouf Sanogo AFP Getty Images) #
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A soldier runs from anti-government protesters as they take over the parliament building in Ouagadougou on October 30, 2014. (Reuters / Joe Penney) #
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Burkina Faso troops shoot in the air to try to disperse protesters outside the parliament in Ouagadougou on October 30, 2014. (Issouf Sanogo AFP Getty Images) #
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An anti-government protester, bleeding from a gunshot wound, is helped by others in Ouagadougou on October 30, 2014. Emergency services said at least three protesters were shot dead and several others wounded by security forces when the crowd tried to storm the home of Compaore's brother. (Reuters / Joe Penney) #
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Burkina Faso troops try to disperse protesters in Ouagadougou on October 30, 2014 as hundreds of angry demonstrators in Burkina Faso stormed parliament. (Issouf Sanogo AFP Getty Images) #
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An anti-government protester stands in front of a pool at a hotel where members of the parliament were said to be staying in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, October 30, 2014. Thousands of protesters marched on Burkina Faso's presidential palace after burning the parliament building and ransacking state television offices on Thursday, forcing President Blaise Compaore to scrap a plan to extend his 27-year rule. (Reuters / Joe Penney) #
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A man watches cars burn at a hotel where members of the parliament were said to be staying in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, October 30, 2014. (Reuters / Joe Penney) #

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