Burundi riots resume, police shoots 2 dead


Protesters burn tyres, barricade roads


Protests have resumed in Musaga, a populated locality in the Burundi capital Bujumbura, leaving two people dead.

Red Cross says at least 6 people were wounded after clashes in Musaga between police and protesters.

Police used fired live ammunition at protesters mainly from the country side who joined their brothers and sisters in the capital to reject President Pierre Nkurunziza’s third term in office.

One of the shot protesters is said to be in a critical condition after being shot in the chest.

Locals were seen pointing out spent bullet cases, impacts and blood trails in Musaga, Bujumbura as Red Cross evacuated the dead and injured.

Meanwhile, a Red Cross car was also stoned trying to retrieve injured protestors from Musaga while two police officers were injured by a grenade.

Protests resumed in after a 48 hour break from the week-long round that started last Sunday.


Godefroid Bizimana, the deputy-director general of Burundi police


Police responded to the new bout of riots with more brutality.

“Burundi Police is shooting at unarmed protesters with increased intensity. Worry today will see a lot more deaths,” report witnesses.

The army intervened in Musaga after about 30 minutes of clashes between police and protestors.

Radio Bonesha FM, a broadcast radio station in Bujumbura reports that tortures and killings of arrested protestors.

Detained protesters are reportedly tortured, beaten, their fingers and back broken.

The radio cites Godefroid Bizimana, the deputy-director general of Burundi police, who features most among those torturing detained protesters.

UN also reported of these torturous acts by militias in detention houses.


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