“MAPROBU (the African Prevention and Protection Mission in Burundi) not yet needed now in Burundi,” shouted some protestors.”No war in Burundi, so why MAPROBU?”
One of the organizers of the demonstration indicated that the march, with hundreds of participants, was meant to reject the deployment of foreign troops.
“We wanted to denounce the interference into Burundi’s crisis of some countries like Rwanda, Belgium, the African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU),” said Francois Xavier Ndaruzaniye, chairman of Izere rights association.
Last week, the Burundian government also organized demonstrations nationwide against the deployment of AU troops into Burundi.
On Dec. 18, the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council issued a resolution on the deployment of 5,000 troops into Burundi to prevent genocide or massive killings.
With the outbreak of protests against the third term bid of Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza and his controversial re-election since April, violence has left over 400 dead in the east African nation, according to civil society groups. Enditem