Rwanda police arrests 33 Burundian refugees

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More than 6,000 Burundians have fled to neighboring Rwanda since the end of March as tensions escalate in the buildup to the June election

Rwanda Police has apprehended 33 Burundian refugees on charges of inciting fellow refugees to reject assistance from United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees [UNHCR], the Ministry in charge of Refugees and Ministry of Health.

The incitement, an act punishable in the penal code, endangered the lives of other refugees.

The 33 refugees apprehended Wednesday include: 31 from Gashora Transit Centre, Bugesera District 1 from Nyarushishi Transit Centre, Rusizi District 1 from Muyira Transit Centre, Nyanza District.

In February, about 500 refugees in Kiziba Camp in Karongi District marched to the UNHCR offices and camped outside in protest over reduced food rations.

Violent demonstrators armed with stones, sticks and metal projectiles assaulted and wounded seven police officers.

Police were forced to use teargas to disperse the rioters, protect and rescue officials, and secure the nearby communities.

About 20 rioters were wounded in the process, with five of them succumbing to injuries.

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