Demonstrations against Burundi’s president have degenerated into a man being burned alive in the capital, Bujumbura. Protestors said he was a member of the ruling party’s youth wing who had attacked them. The immolation on Thursday culminated two weeks of protest against President Pierre Nkurunziza bid for a third term. Opponents say his bid violates the constitution and a 2003 peace deal. “They put tires around his neck and then burned him,” a witness told the Reuters news agency, referring to a man said by protestors to have been a member of the ruling CNDD-FDD party’s Imbonerakure youth wing.
AFP reported that police shot dead one person and wounded three others as people thought to also be members of Imbonerakure clashed with demonstrators.
Another man took shelter from stone-throwers in a covered sewer until troops arrived and dispersed the mob, according to Associated Press.
Thursday’s death raised the death toll to at least 10 since Nkurunziza was nominated by his party to run again in June 26 elections.