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Protester killed as Burundi clashes flare again

Friday, June 05, 2015 - 00:55

At least one man has been killed in the latest clashes between police and protesters in Burundi. The demonstrators are angry at President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in power, saying it violates the constitution. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) One man was shot dead in Burundi on Friday (June 5), demonstrators said, as protests flared in the capital. The incident happened in the Musaga district of Bujumbura, while a bus was burnt in Cibitoke, both volatile parts of the city. Protesters said there had been running battles between them and police, accusing officers of using live bullets against them. "We were running away from the police as they were shooting towards protesters. The person who died were also running away from them but he was shot. His name is Niyondiko," said eyewitness Hakizimana. Police have routinely denied shooting any protesters, who have often burned tyres and hurled rocks at security forces during several weeks of unrest. The almost daily protests erupted in Burundi on April 26 and activists say more than 30 people have been killed so far. Demonstrators want President Pierre Nkurunziza to withdraw his bid for a third term in office. They say his move violates the constitution, which sets a two-term limit. Nkurunziza has previously defended his decision to run again by citing a constitutional court ruling saying he can do so. Nkurunziza's decision to seek a third mandate has plunged the nation into its worst crisis since an ethnically charged civil war ended in 2005.

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Protester killed as Burundi clashes flare again

Friday, June 05, 2015 - 00:55