No End in Sight to Political Violence in Burundi

An opposition demonstrator holds a sign in French reading "No to a third term" next to a burning barricade, Bujumbura, Burundi, June 3, 2015 (AP photo by Gildas Ngingo).
An opposition demonstrator holds a sign in French reading "No to a third term" next to a burning barricade, Bujumbura, Burundi, June 3, 2015 (AP photo by Gildas Ngingo).
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On Tuesday, a prominent human rights activist and critic of Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza was shot and seriously injured by gunmen on motorbikes in the capital, Bujumbura. The attack comes days after a powerful general and close ally of Nkurunziza was shot and killed Sunday. These are just the latest events in what has been a tense and often violent several months following Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a third term in April. Many in Burundi deemed that move unconstitutional, and breakaway members of the military attempted a failed coup in May. As many observers predicted, Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a […]

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