Wednesday, 13 May 2015

You Won't Believe Why Burundians Are Celebrating

There is wild jubilation in Burundi following a declaration that a coup to oust President Pierre Nkurunziza was declared successful.

An army General, in a widely broadcast address, announced that President Nkurunziza has been removed from office.


A Burundian protester shouts at the army for bulldozing a barricade Photo: AFP/Getty Images/ Phil Moore


Reports from BBC have it that the citizens have taken to the streets to celebrate the apparent ousting of the president after the military declared a coup against him, following ongoing protests against his plans to stand for a third presidential term which many viewed as being unconstitutional.

Protesters had on May 7, burned a Burundian man alive in the country’s capital, because he was a member of a pro-government youth group- one accused of attacking the protesters.

A witness had told Reuters that, “they put tires around his neck and then burned him“, which reportedly illustrated how serious the brewing crisis in Burundi could get.

Further reports claimed that since late April, protests against Nkurunziza’s legally controversial bid for a third term have rocked the country’s capital, Bujumbura, with no fewer than 19 people confirmed dead, and the UN estimating a staggering 50,000 who have fled their homes as a result of the violence.

The citizens are now ecstatic that the planned coup for the removal of their president is yielding positive response.

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