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Deadly violence returns to Bujumbura

Monday, May 04, 2015 - 01:13

Witnesses say at least two protesters have been killed in new anti-government street demonstrations in Burundi, as opponents continued to fight President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term. Nathan Frandino reports.

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Burundis' street demonstrations turned deadly again on Monday afternoon, when police opened fire on a crowd of protesters. Witnesses say they were using live ammunition. They say at least two protesters were killed. The protests - often violent - began last week, when President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he was seeking a third term as president. His opponents say another term in office would violate Burundi's constitution. (SOUNDBITE) (Swahili) UNNAMED PROTESTER, SAYING: "As you can see, I'm here to protest the president's seeking of a third term. I will only leave here when Nkurunziza says he will not run in the upcoming presidential elections." Police and protesters have clashed several times in recent days. Lawmakers picked Nkurunziza as president in 2005 when a peace deal ended an ethnically fueled civil war. His supporters say that first term doesn't count because he wasn't elected by a popular vote. But opponents disagree and as the June election approaches, they say they will do whatever they can to keep him from running again.

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Deadly violence returns to Bujumbura

Monday, May 04, 2015 - 01:13