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World alarm as Burundi poised to crush opponents

A photo taken on May 20, 2015 shows policemen holding a position in the Musaga neighborhood of Bujumbura during a demonstration against the Burundian President's third termSenior world officials reacted with deep alarm as Burundi’s government threatened to unleash a new round of blood-letting in the Great Lakes region of Africa. President Pierre Nkurunziza’s government has escalated its already strident rhetoric, warning of tough measures to stamp out resistance to his recent re-election. The United Nations chief said the discovery of bodies — “many apparently summarily executed” — has become a “regular occurrence” in Burundi’s capital Bujumbura.

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