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.