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Amnesty accuses Burundian forces of repression

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Burundi protestAMNESTY International has accused Burundi security forces of systematically killing dozens of people while trying to stop peaceful protest in the capital Bujumbura.

Amnesty according to BBC said that some of the scores of people who died during the crisis were killed extra-judicially.
At least 87 people were killed, including eight security force members.
Though the government has not yet responded to the Amnesty report, but it said after the violence that those killed were responsible for attacks on government installations.

Unrest had blighted Burundi since an attempted coup in May and protests over President Pierre Nkurunziza’s continued rule. The attempt to overthrow the president followed his decision to seek a third term in office, which he won in a disputed election in July.

“The violent repression that took place on 11 December represented a dramatic escalation in scale and intensity from previous security operations,” the Amnesty report says.
“But the modus operandi of the operations, involving extrajudicial executions, systematic looting and theft, arbitrary arrests and targeting of perceived political opposition strongholds, was not qualitatively different from past practice.”

Amnesty said that its report was compiled after a two-week fact-finding mission to the country. Most of those killed in the December 11 repression were residents of districts mostly inhabited by members of the minority Tutsi ethnic group.


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