Burundian students slide under the main access gate of the American Embassy in Bujumbura on June 25, 2015.
AFP PHOTO/MARCO LONGARI
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Burundian students broke into the U.S. embassy to escape police Thursday as one of the country's vice presidents announced he had fled to Belgium, escalating a political crisis in the central African nation days before key elections.The reaction from Nkurunziza's camp was defiant -- wishing Rufyikiri "good riddance" and accusing him of links to coup plotters who tried but failed to oust the president in mid-May.Rufyikiri had already been sidelined in the government, having joined other members of the ruling CNDD-FDD party earlier this year who had spoken out against Nkurunziza's attempt to stay in office for another five years.Last week, the Burundian human rights group Aprodeh said that at least 70 people have been killed, 500 wounded and more than 1,000 jailed since late April, when opposition supporters took to the streets to protest Nkurunziza's re-election bid.A presidential aide also said Nkurunziza promised a gathering of up to 15,000 supporters that he would oversee the final stages of Burundi's "process of reconciliation".
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