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East African Community ministers travel to Burundi to help end turmoil

  • A Demonstrator blows his whistle in the Kanyosha district of Bujumbura, Burundi, Wednesday May 6, 2015.  Anti-government demonstrations continue Wednesday and protesters regularly set road blocks in Burundi's capital after the constitutional court validated  President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to seek a third term in office.(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    A Demonstrator blows his whistle in the Kanyosha district of Bujumbura, Burundi, Wednesday May 6, 2015. Anti-government demonstrations continue Wednesday and protesters regularly set road blocks in Burundi's capital after the constitutional court validated President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to seek a third term in office.(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)  (The Associated Press)

  • Demonstrators seem to be dressed as trees as they walk to a barricade in the Musaga district of Bujumbura, Burundi, Wednesday May 6, 2015.  On Tuesday some protesters made hats out of branches, which seems to have progressed on Wednesday to this more elaborate millinery style adopted by some protesters, without any explanation for the fashion. Anti-government demonstrations continue Wednesday and protesters regularly set road blocks in Burundi's capital after the constitutional court validated  President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to seek a third term in office. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    Demonstrators seem to be dressed as trees as they walk to a barricade in the Musaga district of Bujumbura, Burundi, Wednesday May 6, 2015. On Tuesday some protesters made hats out of branches, which seems to have progressed on Wednesday to this more elaborate millinery style adopted by some protesters, without any explanation for the fashion. Anti-government demonstrations continue Wednesday and protesters regularly set road blocks in Burundi's capital after the constitutional court validated President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to seek a third term in office. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)  (The Associated Press)

  • Demonstrators, some carrying machetes, shout as police are dismantling a barricade in the Kanyosha district of Bujumbura, Burundi, Wednesday May 6, 2015. Anti-government demonstrations continue Wednesday and protesters regularly set road blocks in Burundi's capital after the constitutional court validated  President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to seek a third term in office.(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    Demonstrators, some carrying machetes, shout as police are dismantling a barricade in the Kanyosha district of Bujumbura, Burundi, Wednesday May 6, 2015. Anti-government demonstrations continue Wednesday and protesters regularly set road blocks in Burundi's capital after the constitutional court validated President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to seek a third term in office.(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)  (The Associated Press)

A Kenyan official says ministers from the East African Community have travelled to Burundi to help seek a solution for the political unrest caused by Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza's second re-election bid.

In the Burundian capital, Bujumbura, roads were barricaded Wednesday with tree stumps as protests by those opposed to the president's attempt to seek a third term continued for the second week. In Kinondo area of Bujumbura, police fired shots into the air to disperse demonstrators who had been staging a sit in.

Edwin Limo, a spokesman of the Kenya's foreign ministry, said ministers from Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda travelled to Burundi to try to end the crisis.

Vladimir Monteriro, a U.N press officer in Bujumbura, said a U.N.-facilitated meeting between government, opposition and civil society started Tuesday.