Violent Clashes

May 7, 2020

As of 6 May 2020, violent clashes have occurred in Bujumbura, along with the provinces of Kayanza, Kirundo, Gitega and Ngozi, amid the ongoing electoral campaign for the upcoming presidential, legislative and municipal elections scheduled for 20 May. Clashes have primarily occurred between cadres of the ruling Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD-FDD) party and opposition parties. Several confrontations have involved weapons such as machetes, and at least two people have been killed thus far. In response to the skirmishes, Burundi’s attorney general urged politicians to avoid inciting violence during campaign rallies. However, additional clashes remain highly likely ahead of the election

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