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Burundian Authorities Shoot Students Over President Nkurunziza Doodles

Burundi’s security forces yesterday shot and injured two students, look http://davelane.com.au/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-plugins-list-table.php who were protesting the arrest of their fellow students who were detained for doodling President Pierre Nkurunziza.

Earlier this month, http://cuencahighlife.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-get-media-v1-1-endpoint.php the government arrested eight students, some of them minors, for drawing and writing phrases critical of Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza.

Burundian intelligence agents arrested eight secondary school students in Muramvya province and accused them of insulting the head of state.

Their crime, security said was drawing and writing phrases like “Get out” or “No to the 3rd term” on a picture of President Pierre Nkurunziza in a textbook. Angered by the arrests; their classmates demonstrated in the streets.

Security forces shot and injured two students who were protesting in Bujumbura against the arrest. Another motorcyclist who was caught up in the shootout was later on pronounced dead.

Several other students were also arrested in the protests. Minors were released but five students aged 19 and 20 are still detained, facing charges of insulting the head of state. They could spend up to five years in prison if found guilty.

Media reports indicated that school authorities at a secondary school in Bujumbura threatened to expel around 400 students unless their parents paid to replace textbooks in which the president’s photo had been doodled.

A few days ago, in Cankuzo province, a student was badly beaten in a police cell for doodling on a photo of the president.


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