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Burundi snapshot: Police open fire on protesters in Bujumbura

Dead protester carried on stretcher through Buterere Bujumbura during protests, 12 May 2015
Dead protester carried on stretcher through Buterere Bujumbura during protests, 12 May 2015 Daniel Finnan

At least 20 protesters have been killed in clashes with security forces in Burundi over the past two weeks in demonstrations against President Pierre Nkurunziza. Protests continued in Bujumbura on Tuesday with at least one person killed.

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Protests are taking place in several neighbourhoods across the capital Bujumbura, although the downtown area is unaffected.

Protests in Bujumbura

Roadblocks have been set up by protesters blocking traffic in and out of the protest areas. Groups of police and military are present throughout.

Protesters say Nkurunziza's third term is against the constitution and the Arusha Agreement peace deal that ended Burundi’s civil war.

The country's constitutional court has ruled that if he wins in June's elections it would not be his third term and he can therefore stand in the polls.

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