Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
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Anti-government protesters take over the parliament building in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, in this October 30, 2014 file photo.
I'd been following the protesters since the morning. Parliament was set to vote on a law extending the current president's 27-year term and the people were protesting against that. By the time it reached 9 a.m., tens of thousands had marched to the national assembly and physically stopped the vote from taking place. That's when I shot the picture - right at the beginning when the vote was supposed to be held. Inside parliament there was an atmosphere of pure ecstasy. I'm not sure the protesters themselves believed they had made it.
Some might look at the images and say 'These are unruly people, they're destroying public buildings'. But the protesters felt they were destroying public buildings that no longer represented the public. They felt they were taking matters into their own hands. - Joe Penney REUTERS/Joe Penney (BURKINA FASO - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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