Hundreds of women Sunday marched on the streets of the east African country’s capital Bujumbura protesting against the third term of Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza, a Xinhua reporter witnessed.
They were singing and shouting, “No to the third term of Nkurunziza”.
They also urged the release of their children and husbands arrested during protests against the third term of Nkurunziza.
“We need a peaceful country. The president (of Burundi) has to abandon his plan for a third term,” said a protester who requested anonymity.
According to her, they have taken to the streets “in search of peace”.
“We will continue to demonstrate our opposition against Nkurunziza third term,” said the protester.
The women’s demonstration was peaceful and police agents facilitated their march, but policemen intercepted them near the Belgian Embassy before they could reach the Independence Square.
It is the first time women alone hold protests against the third term of Nkurunziza.
On Saturday, the Burundian National Security Council gave 48 hours to protesters to halt their demonstrations.
However, organizers of protests including some opposition parties and some civil society organizations said demonstrations will continue until Nkurunziza gives up plans for his third term.
Protests convened by the opposition and the civil society kicked off in several neighborhoods of the capital Bujumbura on April 26, one day after the Burundian ruling party, the National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD-FDD), nominated Nkurunziza as its candidate for the presidential election due on June 26.
The opposition and the civil society, however, argue that Nkurunziza’s third term is a violation of the Burundian constitution and the 2000 Arusha Agreement that provide two terms of five years each for a president of Burundi.
Earlier last week, despite protests, the Burundian constitutional court passed the candidacy of Nkurunziza for another term, explaining that the 2005-2010 term should not be counted as a term because he was elected by the parliament and not directly in a universal suffrage.
In a message to the nation last week, President Nkurunziza called on protesters to stop their demonstrations and pledged that if he is elected in the upcoming presidential election, it will be his “last” term.
Burundi is this year to hold general elections between May 26 and August 24, with the presidential election due on June 26. Enditem