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Burundi coup fails, president back in country, protesters keep opposing his bid for 3rd term

  • Women set up shop near a barricade set by demonstrators opposed to President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in office, march in the Nyakabiga neighborhood of Bujumbura, Burundi, Saturday, May 16, 2015. According to presidential spokesman, Gervais Abayeho, President Pierre Nkurunziza returned to the capital on Friday although he did not appear in public, and thanked his security forces for crushing an attempted military coup, while calling for an immediate halt to protests in Burundi.  (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    Women set up shop near a barricade set by demonstrators opposed to President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in office, march in the Nyakabiga neighborhood of Bujumbura, Burundi, Saturday, May 16, 2015. According to presidential spokesman, Gervais Abayeho, President Pierre Nkurunziza returned to the capital on Friday although he did not appear in public, and thanked his security forces for crushing an attempted military coup, while calling for an immediate halt to protests in Burundi. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)  (The Associated Press)

  • Residents walk between barricades set by demonstrators opposed to President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in office, in the Nyakabiga neighborhood of Bujumbura, Burundi, Saturday, May 16, 2015. According to presidential spokesman, Gervais Abayeho, President Pierre Nkurunziza returned to the capital on Friday although he did not appear in public, and thanked his security forces for crushing an attempted military coup, while calling for an immediate halt to protests in Burundi. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    Residents walk between barricades set by demonstrators opposed to President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in office, in the Nyakabiga neighborhood of Bujumbura, Burundi, Saturday, May 16, 2015. According to presidential spokesman, Gervais Abayeho, President Pierre Nkurunziza returned to the capital on Friday although he did not appear in public, and thanked his security forces for crushing an attempted military coup, while calling for an immediate halt to protests in Burundi. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)  (The Associated Press)

  • Demonstrators opposed to President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in office, march in the Nyakabiga neighborhood of Bujumbura, Burundi, Saturday, May 16, 2015. According to presidential spokesman, Gervais Abayeho, President Pierre Nkurunziza returned to the capital on Friday although he did not appear in public, and thanked his security forces for crushing an attempted military coup, while calling for an immediate halt to protests in Burundi. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    Demonstrators opposed to President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in office, march in the Nyakabiga neighborhood of Bujumbura, Burundi, Saturday, May 16, 2015. According to presidential spokesman, Gervais Abayeho, President Pierre Nkurunziza returned to the capital on Friday although he did not appear in public, and thanked his security forces for crushing an attempted military coup, while calling for an immediate halt to protests in Burundi. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)  (The Associated Press)

Despite the failure of a coup against Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza, about 30 protesters say they will continue demonstrating against the leader's bid for a third term.

The protesters Saturday defied Nkurunziza's ban on demonstrations and vowed to continue to take to the streets to press the president to drop his plan to run for re-election in June.

Nkurunziza's spokesman said the president returned to the capital Friday after the coup attempt fizzled, but he has not been seen publicly.

Some members of the privately-owned media have gone into hiding fearing arrest on suspicion of supporting the coup attempt.

Weeks of turmoil in this Central African nation boiled over Wednesday when an army general announced that Nkurunziza had been ousted but the president put down the coup with the army.