IN FIGHT WITH EU OVER AMISOM WAGES: Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza.

Burundi lawmakers called for the release of at least 13 high-school students detained on accusations they defaced images of President Pierre Nkurunziza.

Daniel Gelase Ndabirabe, a ruling party spokesman, said the students could be released and “taught patriotism,” during a session of the East African nation’s parliament broadcast on national television. Opposition coalition leader Agathon Rwasa also backed such a move, he told the assembly.

Schools in landlocked Burundi have seen a wave of alleged vandalism of images of the president in textbooks, with more than 530 students suspended last month.

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The country 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.