Burkina security forces scatter, arrest protesters ahead of vote

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Posted: Oct 30, 2014 4:06 AM

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Security forces in Burkina Faso fired tear gas and arrested protesters gathering in the center of the capital on Thursday, a Reuters photographer said, before parliament votes on a move to allow the president to stand for re-election.

Officers in pick-ups pursued and beat some opposition supporters trying to reach the National Assembly in Ouagadougou, which was cordoned off by police.

Lawmakers are due to vote on Thursday morning on a plan proposed by the government to push through changes to the constitution to allow President Blaise Compaore stand for re-election next year, when he was due to stand down.

(Reporting by Joe Penney and Mathieu Bonkoungou; Writing by David Lewis, editing by John Stonestreet)