Gunmen carried out attacks on military bases throughout Burundi and gunfire could still be heard in the capital as night fell. The clashes follow a week of violent incidents that have become almost routine in the country.
Pierre Nkurnziza said civilians will be arrested and charged under the country’s anti-terrorism law if they don’t hand over their weapons by Saturday.
VICE News correspondent Danny Gold joined On The Line to discuss Burundi’s controversial presidential election.
Though the presidential elections in Burundi have concluded, political violence surrounding the controversial vote has not simmered.
President Pierre Nkurunziza has received 69 percent of the vote in Burundi's contentious ballot, while opposition supporters in Bujumbura told VICE News that they didn't respect the election.
On the day of the controversial presidential elections, VICE News visits polling stations across Burundi's capital, and witnesses Nyakabiga's last act of protest before the polls closed for the day.
As polls are now closing, the country is poised for more of the violent political turmoil that has plagued the African nation for the past months.
In the latest dispatch, VICE News attended a CNDD-FDD rally in Cibitoke Province, and spoke with a former high-ranking official of Burundi’s ruling party, now living in exile in Rwanda.
VICE News visits an opposition neighborhood in Bujumbura during the night to see what defense mechanisms have been put in place, and witnesses the aftermath of the violence that occurs overnight.
The Burundian army held a press conference, showing off seized weaponry and captured fighters following last week’s clashes with armed rebels.
VICE News goes on a tour of media offices that have been firebombed, and visits the last standing independent newspaper in Bujumbura.
VICE News stops through Rwanda en route to Burundi to hear testimony of what life is like in Bujumbura amidst the current political crisis.