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Protesters break into Burkina Faso parliament to stop vote to extend term limits

  • FILE - In this file photo Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, Burkina Faso Police clash with protesters as they protest against their longtime president that seeks another term in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Protesters stormed Burkina Faso's parliament Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014,  dragging furniture and computers onto the street and setting the main chamber ablaze, in the most significant challenge to the president's rule during his 27 years in power. (AP Photo/Theo Renaut, File)

    FILE - In this file photo Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, Burkina Faso Police clash with protesters as they protest against their longtime president that seeks another term in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Protesters stormed Burkina Faso's parliament Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, dragging furniture and computers onto the street and setting the main chamber ablaze, in the most significant challenge to the president's rule during his 27 years in power. (AP Photo/Theo Renaut, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • A car burns outside the parliament building in Burkina Faso as people protest  against their longtime president  Blaise Compaore who is  seeking another term in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Protesters stormed Burkina Faso’s parliament Thursday, dragging furniture and computers onto the street and setting the main chamber ablaze, in the most significant challenge to the president’s rule during his 27 years in power.(AP Photo/Theo Renaut)

    A car burns outside the parliament building in Burkina Faso as people protest against their longtime president Blaise Compaore who is seeking another term in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Protesters stormed Burkina Faso’s parliament Thursday, dragging furniture and computers onto the street and setting the main chamber ablaze, in the most significant challenge to the president’s rule during his 27 years in power.(AP Photo/Theo Renaut)  (The Associated Press)

  • A car burns outside the parliament building in Burkina Faso as people protest  against their longtime President Blaise Compaore  who seeks another term in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Protesters stormed Burkina Faso’s parliament Thursday, dragging furniture and computers onto the street and setting the main chamber ablaze, in the most significant challenge to the president’s rule during his 27 years in power.(AP Photo/Theo Renaut)

    A car burns outside the parliament building in Burkina Faso as people protest against their longtime President Blaise Compaore who seeks another term in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Protesters stormed Burkina Faso’s parliament Thursday, dragging furniture and computers onto the street and setting the main chamber ablaze, in the most significant challenge to the president’s rule during his 27 years in power.(AP Photo/Theo Renaut)  (The Associated Press)

Protesters surged passed police lines and broke 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 on Thursday. Earlier, police had pushed the crowds back with tear gas, but they regrouped in larger numbers and broke into the building.

Thousands of protesters swarmed the streets of the capital of this West African country, typically known for stability in a volatile region.

The protesters say that say 27 years in power is enough for President Blaise Compaore and vowed to prevent lawmakers from voting on a bill that would allow him to seek election again next year.

Many lawmakers appeared to be able to reach the chamber, before it was stormed.