November 23, 2020

Burundi government denounced France and Rwanda hostility

Hundreds of people rally in Bujumbura to protest Security Council decision to send up to 228 police officers to Burundi Saturday 30 July, 2016; and demonstration reached French and Rwanda embassy in the country.

Around 1,000 people have marched through the streets of Burundi’s capital, Bujumbura, to protest against a UN decision to send a police contingent to monitor the security and human rights situation in the country.

Led by Freddy Mbonimpa, the mayor of Bujumbura, the protesters marched peacefully to the French embassy, angry at France’s drafting of the UN resolution to send the police squad.

Freddy Mbonimpa, the mayor of Bujumbura who led the protestors

One demonstrator carried a banner saying, “French wants to send armed forces to Burundi in order to commit genocide as in Rwanda in 1994”.

Another one saying that it was France that needed UN peacekeepers, making a reference to a lorry attack in the southern French city of Nice that killed 84 people.

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French ambassador Gerrit van Rossum, who went out to address the crowd, said there was “a deep misunderstanding” about France’s role at the UN security council.

He said there was “no problem” at the demonstration.

The crowd also protested outside the Rwandan embassy, accusing the neighbouring country of training Burundi rebels.

More than 450 people have been killed since President Pierre Nkurunziza pursued and won a third term last year, a move his opponents say violated the constitution and a peace deal that ended a civil war in 2005.

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Théogène U

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