MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Authorities dispersed a crowd using live ammunition and tear gas in central Bujumbura, the BBC reported, citing local witnesses.
Violence in the landlocked country erupted on April 26, when President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he will seek a third consecutive term in the June 26 elections.
Some 20 Burundians have been killed to date protesting against Nkurunziza's decision, upheld by the country's constitutional court behind arguments that he was appointed by parliament and not elected directly to serve his first term.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, meanwhile, reported that over 50,000 people have fled to neighboring Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo as of last week.
The latest violence takes place against the backdrop of crisis resolution talks in Dar es Salam, Tanzania, among heads of five neighboring states, as well as South African, African Union and US envoys.
Brand new barricade in Bujumbura Musaga neighborhood. Fierce clash with police pic.twitter.com/gsaGnlqrd7— Gabe Joselow (@GabeJoselow) 13 мая 2015