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Burundi: Opposition Activists Protest Against Nkurunziza


Police is reported to break up the demonstrations of opposition activists in Burundi using tear gas and water cannon.

The activists are protesting for a second day against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term in office, BBC reports.

At least two people were killed in violent clashes in Burundi on Sunday as police shot live ammunition in the air to disperse them.

Thousands defied a ban to take to the streets of the capital Bujumbura.

Opponents say the bid by the president’s governing CNDD-FDD party is unconstitutional.

Mr Nkurunziza has served two terms as president, coming to the office at the end of the civil war.

Burundi’s constitution only allows the president to be elected twice. But Mr Nkurunziza’s supporters argue he is eligible for another term since he was appointed by parliament in 2005.

Opposition say the bid threatens a peace deal that ended the 12-year civil war in 2005.

Angry protesters on Sunday threw stones and lit tyres. Police responded with tear gas, water cannon and live ammunition, blocking access to the centre of the capital.

Many demonstrators have been detained.

Police also threatened to shut down a private radio station unless it stopped live broadcasts about the protests.

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