Funeral of Murdered Opposition Leader Zedi Feruzi Earns Thousands

Thousands of Burundi citizens, particularly young people, visited the wake of Burundi Opposition Leader Zedi Feruzi after his assassination by a drive-by on Sunday.

Young people sang patriotic songs as they carried the coffin of Zedi Feruzi, an open opposition leader against the rule of Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza. Feruzi and his bodyguard were killed during the incident.

His death is one of the casualties of the ongoing street protests against the Burundi President who had announced his re-election for June 26. An attempted coup soon followed on May 13, which was quickly put down by soldiers loyal to Nkurunziza.

Opposition leaders, politicians, journalists and civil rights leaders have fled into hiding after the killing of Feruzi. Ahead of the elections and realising the boiling point of the elections, many Burundi citizens and foreigners have fled the country.

In recent weeks, an independent radio station and a TV station was attacked with grenades and one was completely decimated. The state-owned media is the only source of information for many Burundi citizens who don’t live in the capital.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said that he is worried “deeply” for Burundi following the extremely tense situation.

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