Burundi: gunfire rings out as army attempts to quell anti-president protests

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By Euronews
Burundi: gunfire rings out as army attempts to quell anti-president protests

<p>Gunfire has rung out in the Burundi capital Bujumbura, as soldiers take to the streets to quell continuing protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza.</p> <p>It comes days after he survived an attempted coup.</p> <p>Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term in office has caused widespread anger, with critics claiming it is unconstitutional – which he denies.</p> <p>“The military is shooting at us,” said one street protester.</p> <p>“They came here pushing and shoving us and also doing the same to journalists. Then they shot. Right now they have just shot again.”</p> <p>Amid the continuing unrest, Burundi’s defence and foreign affairs ministers have both reportedly been dismissed. </p> <p>The country is facing its worst crisis since an ethnically charged civil war ended in 2005. </p> <p>Scores of people are fleeing to neighbouring countries. </p> <p>More than 70-thousand refugees have arrived in Tanzania. Conditions are dire, but those who have fled say it is better than life in Burundi where they feared for their lives.</p>