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Burundi Anti-President Nkurunziza Protests in Bujumbura

Burundi riot police detain a man suspected of throwing stones during clashes in the Musaga district of Bujumbura, Burundi, Tuesday April 28, 2015. Anti-government street demonstrations continued for a third day after six people died in protests against the move by President Pierre Nkurunziza to seek a third term. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Burundi riot police detain a man suspected of throwing stones during clashes in the Musaga district of Bujumbura, Burundi, Tuesday April 28, 2015. Anti-government street demonstrations continued for a third day after six people died in protests against the move by President Pierre Nkurunziza to seek a third term. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

(BBC) – Burundi has been hit by a new wave of protests as opposition to President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term grows.

Gunfire was heard and streets were barricaded in parts of the capital, Bujumbura, in the third day of protests, witnesses told the BBC.

Police are blocking about students in the second city, Gitega, from joining the demonstrations, residents said.

The protests are the biggest in Burundi since the civil war ended in 2005.

The army and police have been deployed to quell the protests, which have been described by government officials as an insurrection.

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