Burundi School Suspends 230 Students as Photo Protests Spread

A Burundi school suspended 234 students after pictures of President Pierre Nkurunziza in their textbooks were defaced, an official said, in a further sign of political dissent in the East African nation’s classrooms.

The defacing of the shared textbooks occurred at a school in the country’s eastern Ruyigi province, Guillaume Kwizera, the local education director, said Tuesday by phone. Earlier this month, similar actions resulted in 300 students being suspended in the capital, Bujumbura, and some arrests in Muramvya town, about 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) east.

Landlocked Burundi has been rocked by unrest that’s left more than 470 people dead since April 2015, when Nkurunziza decided to stand for re-election, a move his opponents said was unconstitutional.

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