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Burundi: Anti-government protests enter second week as marchers reach city center

  • Riot police chase a demonstrator in Bujumbura, Burundi, Monday, May 4, 2015. Anti-government demonstrations resumed in Burundi's capital after a weekend pause as thousands continue to protest the president's decision to seek a third term. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    Riot police chase a demonstrator in Bujumbura, Burundi, Monday, May 4, 2015. Anti-government demonstrations resumed in Burundi's capital after a weekend pause as thousands continue to protest the president's decision to seek a third term. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)  (The Associated Press)

  • Men duck for cover as shots are fired in Bujumbura, Burundi, Monday, May 4, 2015. Anti-government demonstrations resumed in Burundi's capital after a weekend pause as thousands continue to protest the president's decision to seek a third term. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    Men duck for cover as shots are fired in Bujumbura, Burundi, Monday, May 4, 2015. Anti-government demonstrations resumed in Burundi's capital after a weekend pause as thousands continue to protest the president's decision to seek a third term. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)  (The Associated Press)

  • Riot police chase a demonstrator in Bujumbura, Burundi, Monday, May 4, 2015. Anti-government demonstrations resumed in Burundi's capital after a weekend pause as thousands continue to protest the president's decision to seek a third term. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    Riot police chase a demonstrator in Bujumbura, Burundi, Monday, May 4, 2015. Anti-government demonstrations resumed in Burundi's capital after a weekend pause as thousands continue to protest the president's decision to seek a third term. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)  (The Associated Press)

Anti-government demonstrations have resumed in Burundi's capital after a weekend pause as thousands continue to protest the president's decision to seek a third term.

Some protesters managed to reach downtown Bujumbura, which they had previously failed to access amid heavy police and military presence.

In the Musaga neighborhood, where anti-government anger has been particularly intense, barricades were erected as police watched.

Many see President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to seek a third term as a violation of the Arusha Agreements that ended a civil war here.

Burundi's defense minister, Maj. Gen. Pontien Gaciyubwenge, said on Saturday that the army should remain neutral amid the unrest.