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Anti-government anger simmers in Burundi

Monday, May 18, 2015 - 01:30

Protesters resume demonstrations in the Burundian capital Bujumbura against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term. Nathan Frandino reports.

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Amid sporadic gunfire... and new protests, Burundi's capital, Bujumbura is on edge. Opponents of President Pierre Nkurunziza are still angry, and insist they will continue to demonstrate against his bid for a third-term. Despite having survived an attempted coup last week, the president says he's not backing down. He's dismissed his defense minister and is trying to shore up support. But on the streets the mood is tense. A body was found on Monday morning. (SOUNDBITE) (Swahili) PROTESTER, ADRONIZ NININAHAZWE, SAYING: "I heard shooting last night and then this morning I was at home, then I heard that there was someone here whose name is Bosco and he was dead." The protests began almost three weeks ago. Protesters call Nkurunziza's bid for another five years unconstitutional. (SOUNDBITE) (Swahili) PROTESTER, GENTIL SHOKOMBA, SAYING: "This protest will not end until he himself says that he is not vying for a third term, we want peace in Burundi, and we are tired of war." The unrest has plunged Burundi into its worst crisis since an ethnically charged civil war ended in 2005. And with both sides holding their ground, a peaceful solution in the near term seems unlikely.

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Anti-government anger simmers in Burundi

Monday, May 18, 2015 - 01:30