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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

Live Reporting

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

All times stated are UK

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  1. Thank you and goodbye

    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
  2. 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

  3. Post update

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

  4. 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.

  5. Post update

    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.

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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...

  7. 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."

  8. Post update

    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"

  9. Post update

    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.

  10. BreakingBreaking News

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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
  14. Get involved

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

  15. Post update

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

  16. BreakingBreaking News

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

  17. 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!

  18. Post update

    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.

  19. Post update

    Tamasin Ford, BBC Ivory Coast correspondent

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

  20. Post update

    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.

  21. Post update

    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
  22. 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"

  23. Post update

    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.

  24. Post update

    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.

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    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.

  27. Post update

    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.

  28. Post update

    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.

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    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.

  31. Post update

    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.

  32. Post update

    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.

  33. The African Union

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

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    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.

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

  37. Post update

    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.

  39. Post update

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

  40. Get involved

    @Nnenna tweets: International Radio broadcasts are down. Airport is closed. Flights are cancelled. #BurkinaFaso #lwili

  41. Post update

    Police have arrested several anti-government protesters.

    Riot police arrest an anti-government protester in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, 30 October 2014.
  42. Africa Center, Washington DC

    tweets: The president's brother, François #Compaore was arrested at the airport #BurkinaFaso

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    Another image of the dramatic events in Ouagadougou, with reports that the city hall and ruling party headquarters are also on fire.

    Cars and documents burn outside the parliament in Ouagadougou on 30 October 2014.
  44. Post update

    President Blaise Compaore discussed extending his presidential term in an exclusive interview with BBC Afrique earlier this week.

    "My concern today is not to build a future for myself but to see how the future of this country will take shape," he said.

  45. Joe Penney, Reuters photojournalist

    tweets: Saw military firing on protestors in front of Francois compaores house and in front of the presidency #burkina #lwili

  46. Post update

    Unrest has spread rapidly through the capital, from parliament to the presidential palace - soldiers are now reported to be joining the protests.

    An anti-government protester throws a tear gas canister at riot police in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, on 30 October 2014.
  47. Post update

    Who is Blaise Compaore? He took power after President Thomas Sankara was killed in mysterious circumstances by a group of soldiers in 1987. He was first elected in 1991, then again in 1998, before winning a further two terms. Protests at his attempts to amend the term limits began a year ago, fuelled by the high cost of living in Burkina Faso.

    The BBC News website has a profile of the leader who has portrayed himself as a guarantor of stability and economic progress.

  48. Post update

    A reminder that state TV and the capital's main airport have been shut down because of the protests.

  49. Post update

    President Compaore, who seized power in a coup in 1987, has appealed for calm on what appears to be his Twitter account (in French).

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    Evelyn Trembletweets: #BurkinaFaso soldiers reported to have joined protesters.

  51. Post update

    The military is due to make a statement on the situation at 14:00 GMT, Reuters quotes local media as saying.

  52. Post update

    A witness said mobs had set fire to houses belonging to MPs and the president's brother. Ablasse Ouedraogo, a former minister who is now in the opposition, tells the BBC that the situation has spiralled out of control: "It is not organised...they're burning, they're breaking, they're looting. Indeed it is a catastrophe for Burkina Faso."

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    Vehicles and documents taken from parliament are set ablaze on the streets before a crowd of protesters and bystanders.

    A protester stands outside the parliament in Ouagadougou on 30 October 2014 as cars and documents burn outside.
  54. Drew Hinshaw, Wall Street Journal reporter

    tweets: The people of Burkina Faso have literally burned their government to the ground. Incredible. City hall, parliament, among others, in smoke.

  55. Post update

    Burkina Faso opposition leader Zephirin Diabre says he does not endorse any seizure of power by force, on his Twitter account (in French): "We just want respect for democracy"

  56. US National Security Council

    tweets: US deeply concerned abt deteriorating situation in #BurkinaFaso over efforts to amend constitution to enable incumbent to seek another term

  57. Post update

    Protesters face military personnel in the streets of Ouagadougou.

    Burkina Faso troops face protestors on 30 October 2014 in Ouagadougou.
  58. Post update

    The military had earlier fired live bullets at protesters who had stormed parliament, says our correspondent.

  59. Post update

    A revised death toll from our correspondent there - now five protesters confirmed dead.

  60. Post update

    Thomas Fessy, BBC West Africa correspondent

    Dozens of soldiers are reported to have joined protesters on the streets and General Kouame Lougue, a former defence minister, is said to be among them. His intentions remain unclear. The president's whereabouts are unknown.

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    Tamasin Ford

    BBC News, Ivory Coast

    tweets: Unconfirmed reports in #BurkinaFaso say army confirms retired General Kwame Lougue as head of state - is this now an official coup?

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    Over 1,000 protesters reportedly broke through a security cordon and ransacked the parliamentary building

    Men shout slogans in front of burning cars, near the Burkina Faso's Parliament where demonstrators set fire, on 30 October 2014 in Ouagadougou
  63. Post update

    At least one person has been killed in clashes with security forces, says the BBC's Yacouba Ouedrago in the capital.

  64. Post update

    They are angry over a parliamentary vote to extend President Blaise Compaore's 27-year-rule. But the unrest has since forced MPs to call it off.

  65. Post update

    Welcome to our live coverage of unfolding events in Burkino Faso, where thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of the capital Ouagadougou, settling fire to parliament and storming state TV headquarters.