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28.10.2014 Burkina Faso

Clashes at mass rally against extending Burkina leader's rule

By AFP
Women holding spatulas in their hands attend a demonstration in Ouagadougou organised by the opposition against a proposal to amend the constitution to extend President Blaise Compaore's 27-year-rule on October 27, 2014.  By Romaric Hien (AFP/File)
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Women holding spatulas in their hands attend a demonstration in Ouagadougou organised by the opposition against a proposal to amend the constitution to extend President Blaise Compaore's 27-year-rule on October 27, 2014. By Romaric Hien (AFP/File)

Ouagadougou (AFP) - Hundreds of demonstrators were battling police in the capital of Burkina Faso on Tuesday after a mass rally against plans to let President Blaise Compaore extend his rule beyond 30 years.

Firing tear gas, security forces charged the protesters after they apparently ventured too close to the national parliament. Most of the demonstrators fled but several hundred stayed on to battle the police, according to an AFP reporter at the scene.

The violence broke out two hours into a march in the capital that drew up to one million people, according to opposition leaders.

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