Death toll rises in Burundi

Demonstrator shot dead by police gunfire in Burundi during anti-presidential protests

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The death toll has risen to 30 after a protester was shot dead after police fired on a group of around a hundred demonstrators in Muyange in Bururi province, around 60 kilometres southeast of the country’s capital, AFP has reported.

On Friday, twin grenades were thrown into demonstrators in Burundi’s capital of Bujumbura and killed three people. Also in Thursday’s clashes, two protesters were killed by police gunfire and eight were wounded, according to the Red Cross.

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza has delayed parliamentary elections which were set for May 26 by a week, after nearly a month of anti-government demonstrations and a failed military coup in the east African state.

The crisis began in late April, in opposition to current President Nkurunziza's standing for election for a third term.

The constitution limits the presidency to two terms in office, but Nkurunziza's supporters say he can run again because his first term was picked by lawmakers and not by elections.

Despite the demonstrations against his third term bid, Burundi's Constitutional Court approved President Pierre Nkurunziza’s candidacy.

More than 100,000 people have fled to neighbouring nations since the political violence that culminated in last week's foiled coup attempt erupted in April, according to the UN.

Cholera has claimed the lives of 31 Burundian refugees in camps ın Tanzania,with 3,000 cases of the epidemic reported since last week, the UN refugee agency has said.

According to Al Jazeera, there are 50,000 refugees stranded on the shore of Lake Tanganyika, where cholera has spread.

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said that tens of thousands of refugees had been displaced from Burundi because of the civil war and the outbreak of diseases had become a "a new, worrying, and growing additional complication,” in Tanzania.

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