Protesters storm Burundi's Bujumbura despite warnings

Demonstrators storm the streets after the police shot dead two protesters in Burundi

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Demonstrators in Burundi marched on the streets of the capital of Bujumbura on Friday, resisting the heavy response of police, AFP has reported. 

In Thursday’s clashes, two protesters were killed by police gunfire and eight were wounded according to the Red Cross. They are the latest victims of the unrest triggered by President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term, in which nearly 30 protesters have died so far.

According to electoral commission spokesman Prosper Ntahorwmiye, demonstrators stopped a vehicle carrying voting booths and ballot boxes in Mukiki province and burnt election materials.

"This is the first time such an incident happens, we will take appropriate measures to ensure this does not happen again," Ntahorwmiye said, adding that two soldiers fired into the air to stop the crowd, but "all the equipment was burned."

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

The decision came after recommendations from Burundi’s election commission, opposition politicians and the international community for a postponement

The defence and foreign ministers of Burundi were dismissed by president Nkurunziza following a failed coup attempt recently.

The crisis has 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 the candidacy of President Pierre Nkurunziza last Tuesday.

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.

Nkurunziza called on all refugees to “come back home,” promising to secure them against all threats.

TRTWorld and agencies