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Clashes in Burundi

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 01:03

Anti-government protests continue into the fourth day as Burundians protest President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Demonstrations in Burundi's capital Bujumbura entered their fourth day on Wednesday, with police firing tear gas on protesters in suburbs of the capital to disperse pockets of protesters. Since Sunday, police in the landlocked east African nation have clashed with protesters who say President Pierre Nkurunziza's plan to run again in the June 26 election threatens the Arusha peace deal that ended an ethnically fueled civil war in 2005. Police say two people have been killed in this week's violence. Civil society groups say the death toll is five. Scores more have been injured and more than 250 arrested. About 25,000 people have fled across the border fearing a resurgence of ethnic killings. The United Nations on Wednesday warned up to 400,000 could be affected if violence breaks out during the election period. The civil war pitted the army, then led by the ethnic Tutsi minority, against rebel groups of majority Hutus. The army is now fully mixed. For now, diplomats say the conflict is a power struggle not an ethnic tussle. The opposition includes coalitions of Hutus and Tutsis. But they say escalating violence could reopen old wounds and trigger ethnic bloodletting.

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Clashes in Burundi

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 01:03