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NEWS: Mob Justice: Thieves burned alive in Burundi

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posted on Feb, 15 2005 @ 07:29 PM
Angered by the theft of a motorbike, taxi drivers in Burundi's capital of Bujumbura, caught and executed the two thief's. The men in question had fuel filled tires placed on thier necks which were then lit. The event occurred near a police station and authorities did not intervene. A bystander said the group was sending a message to other would be thief's.
Angry taxi drivers in Burundi's capital Bujumbura have killed two people after they allegedly stole a motorbike.
The suspected thieves were chased down by hundreds of enraged motorbike taxi drivers who then put fuel-filled tyres around their necks and set them ablaze.

The BBC's Prime Ndikumagenge says it happened near a police station, but the police did not intervene.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

This is not an isolated incident and the article points to 11 other deaths by vigilante groups in the past 3 months. Nor did the police do anything to stop it. So they either did not care, were on the take to look the other way, or simply did not have the force to stop the crowd. This highlights the breakdown of even the most basic of civil institutions in many of the African countries. Thier houses need to have some semblance of order if any efforts at combating poverty or AIDS is going to work. On a side note, the manner of execution used to go by the term "necklacing" back in South Africa. It was a favored means of the ANC to dispatch spies and the like.

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