A Protestor opposed to the Burundian President's third term throws material onto a burning barricade in the Kinanira neighborhood of Bujumbura on May 21, 2015. AFP PHOTO/Carl de Souza
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Protesters in Burundi fought intense battles with police Thursday in violent anti-government demonstrations against a third term bid for power by the president, a week on since a failed coup.At least two protesters were shot dead and eight were wounded in clashes with police in the capital Bujumbura, the Red Cross said, the latest victims of the unrest triggered by President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term, in which more than 20 people have died. Opposition and rights groups say that Nkurunziza's bid for a third five-year term violates the constitution and the terms of the peace deal that brought an end to a 13-year civil war in 2006 .Belgium, the former colonial power, threatened Thursday to end assistance to the country if Nkurunziza presses ahead with a third term.
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