May 4, 2015 / 12:27 PM / 3 years ago

Burundi activist says two dead in protests; no police comment

BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - Two protesters were killed on Monday as demonstrations against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a third term in office ran into a second week, a leading rights activist said.

Military officers stand guard near a wall mural showing people working in farms following recent clashes between protesters and riot police as it is used to block a main street in Burundi's capital Bujumbura May 2, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, a veteran member of the civil society groups which called the rallies, said the two protesters were shot dead.

The police had no immediate comment but said they would issue a statement later. The government has called the demonstrations an “insurrection” and accused protesters of stoking violence.

Reporting by Patrick Nduwimana; Writing by Edmund Blair; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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