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.