In dramatic change, Burundi holds mass virus testing | AFP

Burundians in prominent city Bujumbura undergo coronavirus test at the launch of a massive testing campaign in a major about-turn for the nation that has largely ignored the pandemic. IMAGES

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Burundi elections: Bujumbura polling stations open | AFP

A polling station opens in Bujumbura as Burundians begin voting in a tense election to replace long-ruling President Pierre Nkurunziza. The election is proceeding despite an outbreak of coronavirus which has been largely ignored in the east African nation. IMAGES

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The ruling party in Burundi, the CNDD-FDD, ends its election campaign in Bujumbura by organising a giant rally. The country is preparing to choose a new president on Wednesday, as incumbent Pierre Nkurunziza has decided not to stand for re-election. IMAGES

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Election Results and Post-Poll Violence: Burundi On The Brink (Dispatch 8)

Though the presidential elections in Burundi have concluded, political violence surrounding the controversial vote has not simmered. On the night of July 22, members of the Imbonerakure, the youth wing of the African nation’s ruling party, are alleged to have murdered a member of the FNL opposition party in the capital of Bujumbura.

On July 24, the results of the election were announced and as was widely expected, Pierre Nkurunziza was declared the winner of a third five-year term as president.

Following the announcement, VICE News visited opposition and pro-Nkurunziza neighborhoods in Burundi’s capital, where residents have vastly different opinions about the legitimacy of his third term.

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Violence and Protests on Polling Day: Burundi On The Brink (Dispatch 7)

Following a night of intense gunfire and explosions in Burundi’s capital of Bujumbura that left at least one civilian and one police officer dead, voters turned out in low numbers for the country’s controversial presidential election, in which President Pierre Nkurunziza is seeking a third term that critics charge is unconstitutional.

The body of an opposition member was found dead in the commune of Nyakabiga, and residents have accused supporters of the ruling party of planting the body as an act of intimidation. As Red Cross workers removed the body from the neighborhood, anti-Nkurunziza songs, dances, and chants erupted from a crowd of residents, delivering one of the most open displays of defiance against the president that the capital has seen in many weeks.

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Rally Of The Ruling Party: Burundi On The Brink (Dispatch 6)

Thousands of jubilant supporters attended a campaign rally for Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza and his CNDD-FDD party in Cibitoke Province on July 17, in what is expected to be one of his last public appearances ahead of Tuesday’s controversial election.

Nkurunziza has been pushing ahead with his controversial bid for a third term — despite pressure from regional leaders, the international community, months of deadly violence in the capital of Bujumbura, and an aborted coup d’etat led by the his former ally, Godefroid Niyombare.

VICE News attended the rally, and spoke with a former high-ranking official of Burundi’s ruling party, who is now living in exile in Rwanda.

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Threat of Violence Doesn’t Dampen the Campaign Festivities In Burundi – http://bit.ly/1MkEv6A

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Nighttime Violence in Bujumbura: Burundi On The Brink (Dispatch 5)

In the past several weeks, gunfire and explosions have pierced the night in Bujumbura, Burundi’s capital. The identity of the shooters has remained a mystery, although many suspect the police, in conjunction with the Imbonerakure, the youth wing of the ruling party. Considered by some to be an armed militia, the Imbonerakure have been accused of helping police quell dissidents. In neighborhoods where residents are opposed to Burundi’s ruling party and therefore subject to the night raids, people have organized to protect themselves — destroying entrances to neighborhoods, creating a communication system that notifies residents when an intruder has entered the community.

VICE News visits an opposition neighborhood in Bujumbura during the night to see what defense measures have been put in place, and witnesses the aftermath of the violence.

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‘If They See Me Alive, They’ll Kill Me’: Burundi Refugees Filling Up Camps Across the Border – http://bit.ly/1HB7yfL

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Firebombed Media: Burundi on the Brink (Dispatch 3)

Burundi once enjoyed a vibrant media scene, with many independent journalists and radio stations operating freely. Yet when President Pierre Nkurunziza announced his bid for a highly contested third term in office in April, it sparked mass protests. Since then, authorities and pro-government bodies have intimidated and arrested journalists.

The attempted coup d’etat in capital Bujumbura on May 13 was the tipping point for free media in Burundi. The offices of independent radio stations were firebombed for reporting information about the coup and fierce fighting broke out over control of the state media headquarters. Most of the offices remain shuttered to this day, and access to information has been suppressed in the weeks since, as rumors of a civil war run rampant throughout the city.

VICE News goes on a tour of media offices that have been firebombed, and visits the last standing independent newspaper in Bujumbura.

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Read “‘If They See Me Alive, They’ll Kill Me’: Burundi Refugees Filling Up Camps Across the Border” – http://bit.ly/1K1Me9i

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Inside a Bujumbura Opposition Stronghold: Burundi on the Brink (Dispatch 2)

The Buterere neighborhood of Burundi’s capital city Bujumbura is a stronghold of support for the National Forces of Liberation, one of the main opposition parties currently campaigning against President Pierre Nkurunziza.

Buterere is also the site of many demonstrations and clashes between protesters and police since Nkurunziza announced his candidacy for a highly contested third term in April.

On the morning of Thursday July 9, VICE News arrived at the entrance of Buterere to find sporadic but consistent gunfire and a roadblock built by protesters. After the gunfire settled, police officers forced the demonstrators to tear down the barricade.

Once clear of the police, VICE News entered Buterere to hear testimony from residents about what it’s like inside one of Bujumbura’s opposition strongholds.

Watch “Fleeing to Rwanda: Burundi On The Brink (Dispatch 1)” – http://bit.ly/1HRDpOQ

Read “Meet the Poet Who Fled for Her Life After Protesting Against Burundi’s President” – http://bit.ly/1Cr5Ctr

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VICE News Daily: Violent Protests in Armenia’s Capital

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Armenian police break up protests following a rise in electricity prices, conflict further weakens Burundi’s ailing economy, a UN program quickly gets cash to Syrian refugees in Jordan, and a historic moment for a famed New York City establishment.

ARMENIA
Police Response to Electricity Protests Sparks Outrage
Thousands met the force of water cannons during marches to the presidential palace on Monday and Tuesday.

BURUNDI
Conflict Pushes Economy to the Brink of Collapse
Businesses in the capital Bujumbura have been shuttered by almost daily protests since April.

JORDAN
Innovative UN Program Provides Swift Assistance to Refugees
A system that uses iris scans allows families to withdraw cash without a bank card or pin code.

U.S.A.
Historic New York City Bar Receives Landmark Status
Consistent police raids on The Stonewall Inn sparked the June 1969 riots that galvanized the city’s modern gay rights movement.

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