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Burundi protesters beat up police officer they say shot at them

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 01:22

Protesters in the capital clash with police and beat up a female officer they say had fired her gun at them, as Burundi violence enters its third week. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Protesters take on the police in this suburb of Bujumbara, Burundi's capital. It was a dramatic escalation in violence after at least two officers shot at demonstrators -- angry over their president's bid for a third term in office. The protesters attacked a policewoman. They say she fired her gun at them. Hundreds had gathered here to demonstrate against President Pierre Nkurunziza, saying his bid to run for office after two five-year terms violates the constitution, as well as a peace plan that ended a bloody civil war a decade ago. (SOUNDBITE)(Swahili) UNNAMED BURUNDI PROTESTER, SAYING: "We do not want his third term...Policemen are killing civilians." The demonstrations are now in their third week, with at least three people reported killed in the latest clashes. The unrest has plunged this poor, African nation into its worst crisis since the end of its ethnically-charged civil war. East African leaders including President Nkurunziza will meet on Wednesday to address the rising tensions, although his opponents say peace can only come, when the president steps down.

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Burundi protesters beat up police officer they say shot at them

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 01:22