|A man lies dead on the street after he the crowd put tyres around his neck and burnt him alive for being a member of a Government militia|
Protesters burned a man to death in Burundi's capital - because they believed he was a part of the ruling party's militant youth wing - and a protester was shot amid political tension caused by the president's campaign for an unconstitutional third term. An eyewitness said the crowd 'put tyres around his neck and then burned him,' amid violent political protests in the Nyakabiga district of Bujumbura over President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in office. It was also claimed that a protester was shot dead as police shot into the crowds to disperse the demonstrators.
|Soldiers stand near a burning barricade during demonstrations which led to deaths on the streets amid political tensions|
Protesters claim that the third term sought by Nkurunziza defies the constitution and agreements made after a 13-year civil war between the Tutsi and Hutu ethnic groups that ended in 2005. They've been on the streets for two weeks often hurling stones at police who they say have fired live rounds, which police deny.
One man, also believed to be a member of the Imbonerakure narrowly escaped death from protesters who arrived at his house with bats and mechetes - although they were not used. Jean Claude Niyonzima was chased through a courtyard and found himself cornered between two buildings. Bleeding from his head, he begged for his life as members of the crowd interrogated him. He squeezed through his attackers but the mob kept chasing him around his yard as women cried and begged for them to show mercy.
Shocking pictures emerged showing the mob hailing him with rocks as he flees for his life into the filthy city sewers. The pictures show him with blood pouring down the side of his face, being physically held by members of the mob and pleading for his life. He was chased through a courtyard and found himself cornered between two buildings.
|Jean Claude Niyonzima was chased through a courtyard and found himself cornered between two buildings where he begged for mercy|
|The mob hail the young man him with rocks as he flees into the filthy city sewers to try and escape the angry mob with his life|
|The man then escaped to a pit, surrounded by soldiers and pleaded for their protection as the mob surrounded the pit. Members of the crowd prepared to go in after him when soldiers, dodging the armed soldiers, but as he stands in the pit pleading for the mercy|
The man then escaped to a pit, surrounded by soldiers and pleaded for their protection as the mob surrounded the pit. Members of the crowd prepared to go in after him, dodging the armed soldiers, but as he stands in the pit pleading for the mercy they fired shots into the air to disperse the crowd allowing him to escape. The mob then went in search of another member of the Imbonerakure. They found another man and beat him to the point of semiconsciousness.
Burundi's defense minister, Major General Pontien Gaciyubwenge, said last weekend that the army should remain neutral and urged 'all political actors' to avoid violence.
|A protester shouts against the army, who bulldozed a barricade in the Musaga neighbourhood of Bujumbura|
|Soldiers disperse a crowd by firing into the air after demonstrators cornered Jean Claude Niyonzima a suspected member of the ruling party's Imbonerakure youth militia|
|Demonstrators break into the home of a man they intend to attack for being part of a militant group that supports the president|
|A protester throws fuel onto a shop kiosk dragged into the road to form a barricade in the Cibitoke neighbourhood of Bujumbura|
Seeking the third term is so significant because of the tribal split and 13-year civil war between the two ethnic groups in the country, Tutsi and Hutu. These tribal tensions, between the same two tribes, resulted in a genocidal massacre of 800,000 Tutsis in neighbouring Rwanda in 1994.
|A protester carries a tyre to be used to erect a barricade as they demonstrate against the ruling CNDD-FDD party's decision to allow Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a third five-year term in office|
|Protesters were back on the streets of Burundi's capital on Thursday and one person was killed after President Pierre Nkurunziza told demonstrators to halt rallies against his third term bid|
|Demonstrators chase Jean Claude Niyonzima through the streets, armed with sticks and planks|
Several opposition figures say the vote should be delayed, provided the parliamentary and presidential elections now scheduled for May and June are held before Nkurunziza's current term expires on August 26. Fearing a relapse into bloodshed, foreign ministers from the East African Community nations were in Bujumbura this week to discuss the crisis. A regional summit on Burundi is to be held in Tanzania on May 13.
- Daily Mail