1 dead as Burundi women take over riots


Burundi women face off with police in Bujumbura


One more person is reported dead after a group of over 250 women defied the orders of the President and joined protesters.

The women marched through the center of Bujumbura, Burundi, calling for the release of protesters arrested during the last weeks’ demonstrations.

One person was shot dead by Burundi police on Sunday.

Police and soldiers used force to remove barricades in parts of the capital sparking a physical confrontation with protesters.

Women who have now taken over the riots, defied an order banning street demonstrations over Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term.

Government last week gave banned protests and promised to release prisoners.

The protesters were further angered by Nkurunzinza’s insistence on submitting his nomination papers to the electoral commission.


Burundi women protestors sing the national anthem facing the countries flag in the first protest in the city centre


They accuse him of disrespecting the constitution formulated through the Arusha Peace Accords.

Protesters say they are tired of Nkurunziza and will fight to the death.

Rwanda President Paul Kagame wondered why Nkurunziza is forcing himself onto people who nolonger want him to lead them.

Opposition leaders say they will not rest until President Nkurunzinza drops his bid for a third term.

More than 40,000 have fled the country and at least 20 people have died since protests started about two weeks ago.

EAC leaders are expected to meet this Wednesday in Tanzania to ease Burundi unrest.

The UN and African Union have also cautioned the Burundi leader against pursuit of the third term that may throw the country into another holocaust.

Belgium has also announced that it suspended funding for Burundi elections.

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