Heavy gunfire was heard as police fired teargas at protesters throwing stones in a suburb of Burundi’s capital on Tuesday during a demonstration against president’s bid for a third term, Reuters witnesses said. It was not immediately clear who fired the shots during clashes in Butarere district, where hundreds of protesters had gathered, saying
Pierre Nkurunziza’s third election run violated the constitution and a peace deal that ended civil war in 2005. Protesters grabbed one policewoman and beat her up, accusing her of firing at them, a Reuters witness said. She was later released, after sustaining injuries. During more than two weeks of protests that have plunged the nation into a crisis, police have fired in the air and have been seen shooting in the direction of protesters. Police deny shooting any demonstrators. At least 19 people have been killed.