Hundreds arrested in Burundi amid protests

2015-05-01 16:41
Burundian youth hold stones as they take to the streets during a protest in Musaga, on the outskirts of the capital Bujumbura. (Simon Maina, AFP)

Burundian youth hold stones as they take to the streets during a protest in Musaga, on the outskirts of the capital Bujumbura. (Simon Maina, AFP)

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Bujumbura - A Human Rights Watch researcher says more than 400 people are believed to be in detention as Burundi's government tries to stop street protests against a third term for President Pierre Nkurunziza.

Carina Tertsakian, a senior Rwandan researcher with the watchdog group, told The Associated Press on Friday that the number of those in custody "is escalating all the time".

She said most of the detainees were ordinary people caught up in protests, while others were demonstrators picked up during protests.

Scores of protesters were again on the streets in some neighborhoods of the capital Bujumbura on Friday.

At least six people have been killed in clashes with the police since Sunday, according to the Burundi Red Cross.

Read more on:    pierre nkurunziza  |  burundi  |  protests  |  eastern africa

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