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Newsline: Burundi police fire in air near US embassy over anti-president protest

Police fired shots in the air and tear gas when a group protesting against Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza running for a third term in office approached the U.S. embassy in the capital, the U.S. embassy said. “The riot police deployed several canisters of tear gas and fired several warning rounds into the air,” Becca Archer Kepper, the embassy’s public affairs officer, said in a statement. She said the embassy had not requested assistance and said the protest was dispersed in about 10 minutes.


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