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Protests against president continue in Burundi

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 01:05

Protesters armed with stones confront police at anti-president demonstrations in Bujumbura. Rough Cut (No Reporter Narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Burundi police on Wednesday (May 20) fired teargas and bullets in the air as protesters continued to demand President Pierre Nkurunziza end his bid for a third term next month. Protesters armed with stones gathered in the suburb of Musaga and lobbed their missiles at police and military personnel. Police fired tear gas canisters and also fired live bullets in the air to try and disperse them. One protester was injured and was treated at a nearby hospital. Rights groups say at least 20 people have died in three weeks of clashes between security forces and protesters who say Nkurunziza's ambitions violate the constitution and a peace deal that ended an ethnically fuelled civil war in 2005. Laying the same charges against the president, a group of renegade generals tried and failed to overthrow him last week. Nkurunziza says his participation in elections would not violate the constitution as his first term did not count, because he was appointed by parliament, not chosen by a popular vote. The resurgence of unrest has stoked fears of ethnic conflict in Africa's Great Lakes and more than 110,000 people have fled to neighbouring Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania.

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Protests against president continue in Burundi

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 01:05