Protesters return to streets of Bujumbura

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ROUGH CUT – NO REPORTER NARRATION Hundreds of protesters were back on the streets of Bujumbura on Monday (May 4), the start of a second week of demonstrations to demand that President Pierre

Protesters return to streets of Bujumbura

ROUGH CUT – NO REPORTER NARRATION

Hundreds of protesters were back on the streets of Bujumbura on Monday (May 4), the start of a second week of demonstrations to demand that President Pierre Nkurunziza abandon his bid for a third term in office, which opponents say violates the constitution.

At least six people have been killed in unrest since Nkurunziza announced he would seek another five-year term in the June election. The government calls the protests illegal and an “insurrection”.

Demonstrators have set up makeshift road blocks and set fire to tyres in several suburbs of the capital, often scuffling with police who have fired teargas, water cannon and, say protesters, live rounds. The police deny this.

The army has been deployed to restore calm in the African nation which emerged from an ethnically fuelled civil war in 2005 that pitted majority ethnic Hutus against minority Tutsis.

The police say six people have died since unrest began, including at least two policemen and one army officer. Civil society groups says the toll is at least nine.

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