Burundi Police Clash With Opposition Protesters

Police in Burundi have fired teargas and water cannon to disperse protesters calling for the president not to run for a third term, as tensions continue to rise in the central African country.

Opposition parties are concerned over the incumbent president, Pierre Nkurunziza’s expected bid for a third term in the June elections, despite the country’s constitution stating a president can only be elected twice.

Around a thousand opposition activists attempted to gather in the centre of the capital Bujumbura on Friday, but police blocked their path, briefly detaining several protesters.

Some protesters threw stones, prompting police to respond with tear gas and water cannon, eventually restoring calm.

At least two policemen were injured in the clashes.

Chauvineau Mugwengezo, president of the opposition UPD party, criticised the security clampdown and called for more demonstrations.