People walk next to a burning barricade during a protest against President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to run for a third term, in Buterere neighbourhood of Bujumbura, Burundi May 13, 2015. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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Burundi police battled with protesters Wednesday as East African leaders gathered for crisis talks aimed at ending weeks of deadly violence over the president's controversial third term bid.Over 20 people have been killed and scores wounded since late April, when Burundi's ruling party nominated Nkurunziza to stand for re-election in June 26 polls.Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila, South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, AU chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and the top U.S. diplomat for Africa Linda Thomas-Greenfield are also expected to attend.Opposition and civil society leaders were not invited however, and have said they will continue to protest until Nkurunziza steps down.Opposition groups insist that it is unconstitutional for Nkurunziza to run for more than two terms.
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