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Burundi protests resume after funeral of slain opposition leader

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 01:31

Burundi's opposition boycotts peace talks with the government and resumes its month-long protests, following the death of an opposition leader over the weekend. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Burundi's peace talks are OFF ... and the protests are back ON. Some of the country's opposition and civil society groups started withdrawing from negotiations with the government on Sunday. The rest, pulled out on Monday. It was in protest at the assassination of opposition leader Zedi Feruzi, who was shot dead by unidentified gunmen on Saturday. His UPD party was part of a wider opposition angry over the president's decision to run for a third term in office, which they say breaks the two-term limit set by the constitution. Rights groups say at least 20 people have died since protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza broke out in late April. (SOUNDBITE) (Kirundi) UNIDENTIFIED PROTESTER, SAYING: "The politicians who are against the third term are being killed like dogs. If the tables turn, will the people in government be happy to be treated like this?" The U.N. has called for dialogue to end the month-long protests and violence. Nkurunziza calls the demonstrations an "insurrection" and shows no signs of backing down from his bid to stay in office. The protests have triggered the biggest political crisis in this east African nation since an ethnically-charged civil war ended a decade ago. Diplomats fear the crisis -- if left unresolved -- could lead to another bout of ethnic bloodletting.

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Burundi protests resume after funeral of slain opposition leader

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 01:31