Burundian opposition leader arrested as protests continue

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Posted: May 06, 2015 1:08 PM
Burundian opposition leader arrested as protests continue

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Burundian Police have arrested an opposition leader after he attended a meeting of foreign ministers from the East African Community who were seeking a solution to the unrest in the country triggered by President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to run for a third term.

Police failed to pull opposition leader Audifax Ndabitoreye from the meeting between East African Community foreign ministers and Burundi leaders at a hotel in the capital Bujumbura. Officers in plain clothes then waited for him outside the hotel. He first resisted being arrested, but later gave himself up to the police.

Local radio stations quoted police saying Ndabitoreye was arrested for "leading the insurrection." Protests have rocked Burundi's capital since the ruling party announced on April 25 that it had nominated Nkurunziza as its presidential candidate.