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Burundi students expelled from university campus

30 April 2015, 16:17

Bujumbura - Authorities in Burundi on Thursday closed university accommodation facilities and forced thousands of students to leave the campus, witnesses said, in an operation apparently designed to halt a wave of protests.

Large numbers of students, many of whom come from rural areas, could be seen evacuating the University of Burundi, situated in the capital Bujumbura, after the government order was issued overnight.

At least five people have died since unrest broke out at the weekend, when the ruling CNDD-FDD party designated President Pierre Nkurunziza as its candidate for the presidential election, which is due to be held in the central African nation on June 26.

Opposition figures and rights groups say Nkurunziza's attempt to stand for a third consecutive term goes against the constitution as well as the peace deal that ended a civil war in 2006.

Authorities have already cut mobile access to several social networks and messaging applications including Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp, which have been used to coordinate protests.



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