Burundi anti-regime protests resume

Small groups of protesters resumed demonstrations on Monday against Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza and his bid for a third term, days after he survived an attempted coup.

Burundi anti-regime protests resume

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Protests resumed Monday in Burundian capital Bujumbura against President Pierre Nkurinziza's bid for a third term in office, with the army firing shots in the air to prevent protesters from advancing.

Dozens of protesters from the capital's districts of Nyakabiga, Cibitoke and Mutakura Musaga began assembling with the aim of marching towards the center of Bujumbura, a protester, who requested anonymity.

The protester said that army troops "fired shot in the air to prevent demonstrations from advancing".

Information on possible casualties is not yet available.

On Sunday, Pacific Nininahazwe, a Burundian human rights activist who is spearheading a campaign against a third term for Nkurinziza, called on Twitter for the "resumption of peaceful demonstrations on Monday".

Burundi has been rocked by protests since late April, when the ruling National Council for the Defense of Democracy named Nkurunziza – in power since 2005 – its candidate for June presidential polls.

Dozens have been killed in protests and clashes since the protests broke out since Nkurunziza announced plans to seek a third term in office.

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