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Protesters defy Burundi president's request to stay away from streets

Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 01:09

Protesters in the Burundi capital take to the streets against President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to seek a third term, a day after he returned to the capital following a failed coup. Pavithra George reports.

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Protesters in Burundi again take to the streets of the capital, Bujumbura, in defiance of President Pierre Nkurunziza's call for calm. This, after he returned to the country earlier this week following a failed military coup. The president's decision to seek a third term has plunged this east African nation into a deep political crisis causing an outbreak of violence. Protesters accuse the police of shooting them without provocation, but vow to continue demonstrations until the president steps down. (SOUNDBITE) (Kirundi) PROTESTER, NDUWIMANA BELAMIE, SAYING: "They can shoot us, the citizens, but they cannot shoot the ideology in our hearts." The clashes between police and protesters have stirred memories of Burundi's ethnically-driven civil war which ended just a decade ago. Protesters say they are planning to come out in larger numbers next week to protest Nkurunziza's decision to run -- which opponents say violates the country's constitution as well as the peace deal that ended the civil war in 2005.

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Protesters defy Burundi president's request to stay away from streets

Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 01:09