(Xinhua) -- Burundian President Pierre
Nkurunziza has promised sanctions against people who hide among
demonstrators, insulting Rwandan President Paul Kagame and his
country, the Burundian president made the warning on Saturday in
"I denounce and condemn some people who
hide amongst demonstrators and who insult Rwandan President Paul
Kagame and his country.
"Those people have been hiding among demonstrators and holding
banners whose origin is not known," Burundian President Pierre
Nkurunziza told citizens after community works.
According to Nkurunziza, there is no need to insult a neighboring
country or its president with a view of "inciting hatred" between
He stressed that Burundian and Rwandan citizens have the right to
live in peace and security as they have always been neighbors.
"The National Intelligence Service (SNR) and security forces must
do all they can to arrest those persons and bring them before
trial," said Nkurunziza.
On Feb. 13 and Feb. 20, pro-government demonstrations took place
nationwide to support African Union leaders for not deciding to send
AU troops into Burundi to prevent genocide or massive killing as
suggested by the AU Peace and Security Council on Dec. 17, 2015.
The demonstrations are also aimed to denounce the role of Rwanda
in "destabilizing" Burundi.
Organizers of those demonstrators said that those demonstrations
will be held every Saturday until the citizens’ desire is fulfilled.
Burundi is facing a political crisis that broke out in April 2015
following the announcement by Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza
that he would be seeking a third term.
His candidature, which was opposed by the opposition and civil
society groups, resulted into a wave of protests, violence and even
a failed coup on May 13, 2015.
Over 400 persons are reported to have been killed since then.
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