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Burundi violence escalates amid reports of president's dismissal

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 01:17

Police and protesters have clashed again in Burundi during another demonstration against the president's bid for a third term, although the military says Pierre Nkurunziza has been dismissed. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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More gunfire in Burundi's capital of Bujumbura. After more than two weeks of protests, the violence has escalated, protesters angrily opposed to the president's bid for another five years in power -- saying it violates a two-term limit in the constitution. ..and now, amid growing political confusion, the military is getting inolved. A senior officer is claiming that he has dismissed Pierre Nkurunziza as president. But an advisor for the president says that statement is a joke. More than 20 people have been killed since the protests began. And the demonstrators say, they won't leave until the president does. (SOUNDBITE) (Kirundi) BURUNDI PROTESTER, JOSEPHINE NDAYISABA, SAYING: " We would prefer to die in this street, and after we die he can then rule over the trees and the buildings." In the meantime, soldiers have surrounded the state broadcaster building. This crisis is the worst to hit the nation since the ethnically-fuelled civil war of ten years ago. It's now feared Burundi's political upheaval could spiral the country back into chaos. Tear gas, guns, protests and confusion in Burundi's capital of Bujumbura amid reports of President Pierre Nkurunziza's dismissal. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Burundi violence escalates amid reports of president's dismissal

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 01:17