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  1. State of emergency declared by President Blaise Compaore after mass protests
  2. Protesters in Burkina Faso set fire to parliament in the capital Ouagadougou
  3. They are angry over plans to extend President Blaise Compaore's 27-year rule
  4. State TV has gone off air and the capital's airport is closed
  5. All times GMT

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By Khanim Javadova, Mohamed Madi, Sarah Fowler and Neil Arun

All times stated are UK

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We're ending our live coverage of the dramatic events in Burkina Faso, where street protests have shaken the 27-year rule of President Blaise Compaore and left at least five people dead. The president has declared a state of emergency and promised talks with protesters.

But this could be a case of too little, too late, with several reports now of high-level meetings between the opposition and army. This live page will close but you can follow further developments on the

BBC News website.

We leave you with this image from today of two young protesters - standing at a crossroads for their country.

Protesters pose with a police shield outside the parliament in Ouagadougou on October 30, 2014

Joe Penney, Reuters photojournalist

tweets: Protestors gathering around army HQ, demanding that Gen. Kouamé Lougué be named president #Burkina #lwii

and: Opinion slowly turning against the army, which is seen as protecting Blaise. events not over yet #burkina #lwili

Local news website

reports that the French Ambassador to Burkina Faso, Gilles Thibault, has visited the "opposition headquarters".

Anny Osabutey, Ghana-based journalist

tweets: A Burkina Faso journalist just told me government in the country has been dissolved but believes #Compaore is still in the country.

Michel Badiara, a protester in the southern city of Bobo Dioulasso, told the BBC that the city was now calm.

"There is a lot of damage. The city hall has been ransacked and set on fire. The mayor's house as well as other dignitaries' houses have been ransacked. Other than that, protesters have not destroyed any public building. They only attacked the properties of the regime's dignitaries," he said.

Reuters photojournalist Joe Penney has

tweeted video showing the scale of
the protests in Ouagadougou.

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Geoffrey Mucani in Koudougou emails: The protesters here in the town of Koudougou also took to the streets since morning! They encountered light resistance from the police who used tear gas canisters to disperse them. Their numbers grew with time and the centre stage was at the front gate of the Catholic cathedral of Koudougou, where a police vehicle had overturned during a manoeuvre between barricades set up on the road by protesters.

Many people ran into the cathedral compound for safety even there, the police still fired tear gas. There were many children, close to 100 near the Presbytery who had come coughing and crying after the police shot tear gas at them...

Compaore statement

Here's the text of President Compaore's statement, which was read by a presenter at Radio Omega FM, according to Reuters:

"A state of emergency is declared across the national territory. The chief of the armed forces is in charge of implementing this decision which enters into effect today. I dissolve the government from today so as to create conditions for change. I'm calling on the leaders of the political opposition to put an end to the protests. I'm pledging from today to open talks with all the actors to end the crisis."

Thomas Fessy

BBC West Africa correspondent

tweets: "Whatever unfolds in #Burkina today next step will be huge challenge: Campaore has dominated pol scene for so long, transition very uncertain"

Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore has called for the dissolution of parliament and for talks with protesters, in a radio broadcast quoted by Reuters.

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Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore declares a state of emergency and calls on the opposition to end protests, reports the Reuters news agency, citing local radio.

Anti-government demonstrators in Burkina Faso appear to have the backing of some troops, BBC Monitoring says. The news website Burkina 24 reports that soldiers from the Guillaume Ouedraogo Camp mingled with protesters to express their support.

A clearer picture is emerging of who might now hold most power in Burkina Faso. Kouame Lougue, the retired general whose name was chanted by tens of thousands of demonstrators, met with army chiefs in the capital, AFP reports.

At least five people have reportedly been killed in the day's disturbances in Burkina Faso. Here, a soldier confronts a protester outside parliament.

An anti-government protester faces down a soldier outside the parliament building in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, October 30, 2014

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Alexis Verdet in Paris

tweets: #burkinafaso: French ambassador is currently with opposition leaders, French citizens are regrouped at the embassy

Mr Ban is "following with great concern the deteriorating security situation in Burkina Faso," his spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

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The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has dispatched an envoy to Burkina Faso, a UN spokesman tells AFP.

Erik Solheim

Norway's ex-Minister of Environment & International Development

tweets: Extremely dangerous situation in Burkina Faso. What #Africa really does not need now is another failed state!

One of the leaders of the opposition in Burkina Faso, Zephirin Diabre, has appeared on television to demand the resignation of the president.

"In the face of the barbaric escalation of violence, the political opposition here, solemnly in the name of the people, demands the resignation of the President Blaise Compaore," he said.

Tamasin Ford, BBC Ivory Coast correspondent

tweets: The protests in #Ouagadougou are being called #BurkinaFaso's 'Black Spring'

Radio France International reports that Ouagadougou airport is closed and that all flights to and from the capital have been cancelled. It's also reporting that the president's brother, Francois Compaore, was arrested at the airport.

Protesters also appear to have taken over an Ouagadougou hotel that was hosting members of parliament, throwing furniture into the pool.

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

David Lewis, Reuters journalist

tweets: "If Blaise does go, look forward to how it's presented + how nimbly Paris and Washington dance around usage of word 'coup' #BurkinaFaso"

Leading opposition figure Benewende Sankara tells AFP that "the army is united with the people".

"The opposition is demanding the resignation of President Blaise Compaore to enable calm to be restored", he says.

He also says he plans to meet the former defence minister and army chief, Kouame Lougue.

A picture taken inside the parliament building in Ouagadougou shows protesters in control.

Anti-government protesters inside the parliament building in Burkina Faso

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Mark Gibson, a UK citizen living in Ouagadougou, emails: We are living a little way out of the town centre where most of the trouble has been. A lot of gunfire this morning, but seems calm on the streets where we are at present. Smoke still rising from some nearby properties owned by cabinet members.

Thomas Fessy

BBC West Africa correspondent

tweets: African Union now "urges the government of #BurkinaFaso to respect the wishes of the people." Probably means there is no coming back for Campaore.

To recap, anti-government protests are still continuing in Burkina Faso in the strongest challenge to the 27-year rule of President Blaise Compaore. The largest protest, in the capital Ouagadougou, led to the ransacking of parliament, but protests have also broken out in other towns.

The Associated Press news agency reports that military leaders have held a meeting with the influential head of the Mossi, the country's largest ethnic group. The report cites Jonathan Yameogo, a spokesman for the ruling party.

This AFP picture reportedly shows an MP, dripping wet and clutching the national flag, who has just escaped from the parliament building.

A deputy clutching a national flag flees the parliament in Ouagadougou on October 30, 2014,

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Benedetto from Burkina Faso emails: I am in the south-western part of Burkina Faso- Bobo-Dioulasso. I live in the city centre. It is relatively calm because the security forces have managed to prevent crowds from gathering at the main square. Even my building is surrounded by the military. The streets are quiet. Even phone-card sellers are absent... There are occasional gun shot sounds. It is a difficult moment for the whole country.

The White House has released a statement expressing concern about the unrest.

"We believe democratic institutions are strengthened when established rules are adhered to with consistency" the statement says.

Yacouba Ouedraogo

BBC News, Ouagadougou

Journalists are gathered outside the defence ministry awaiting a statement from the military. That statement was promised at 14:00 GMT, making it now around an hour overdue.

The African Union

tweets: "We are monitoring the situation and ask the Burkinabi to remain calm"

Thomas Fessy

BBC West Africa correspondent

tweets: #Burkina mil chief supposed to make announcement, wonder how since state TV ransacked. Meanwhile, the #AU is 'monitoring' the sit - of course

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Steve Amodio in Ouagadougou emails: I woke up this morning at 6am and took my motorcycle around the town a bit to see what happened last night. I had never seen Charles de Gaulle boulevard so devastated. Barriers every 100 meters with spray paint saying 'get out Blaise'. Remnants of burnt tires everywhere.

I got home to follow what was happening on the radio and internet. Astounded that they had breached the army blockade to get to the National Assembly. Everything started to get out of control at that point. I could hear cars and motorcycles going downtown to join. The more they succeeded the more people got involved. In my house I could hear gunshots and from my roof I could see smoke in three directions.

Graphic images coming out of Ouagadougou show bodies lying in the street and protesters staggering after being shot.

Another image from the day's events in Ougadougou, this one appearing to show protesters inside the state TV building.

Anti-government protesters take over the state TV podium in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, October 30, 2014.

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Corrie Sissons, a British citizen working in Ouagadougou emails: We have been hearing gunfire all morning and can see the plumes of smoke coming from the city centre. We're staying indoors for now and closely following updates. Burkina Faso has been one of Africa's most stable nations for years - it's really sad to see such violence. We're all hoping it will be resolved peacefully but everything is really uncertain right now.

Still no sign of that military statement, which was promised at 14:00 GMT.