At least three protesters have been killed and 45 wounded in Burundi, according to the Red Cross, as demonstrations against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a third term in office entered a second week. Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, a veteran member of the civil society groups which called for the rallies on Monday, had earlier said two protesters were shot dead in the capital, Bujumbura. The police had no immediate comment but said they would issue a statement later, the Reuters news agency reported. Leading opposition figure, Agathon Rwasa, who threatened to boycott the coming presidential election unless Nkurunziza withdrew his candidacy, condemned the country’s police over the violence. “It’s a shame President Nkurunziza goes on killing innocent and unarmed people…our police are more partisan than professional and discredit our nation,” Rwasa told Al Jazeera.
The protests would lead to the “fall of dictatorship and the rise of true democracy,” he added.
The violence came as US Secretary of State John Kerry said Nkurunziza’s decision to stand for a third term “flies in the face” of the constitution.
The top US diplomat said the recent unrest in Burundi was a result of public concern about that decision and “should be listened to”
The latest deaths take the total killed to at least 11 people, including soldiers and police.
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