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7 girls had been arrested but 4 were later released and the remaining 3, who have now been identified as Belyse, Eliane and Micheline, were last Monday, charged with ‘insulting the head of state’.

This was not the first time the Burundian government was doing this, in 2016, on two different occasions, school children were arrested for allegedly doodling on the president’s photos.

Now, social media users are showing support for the girls with the hashtag #FreeOurGirls as well as photos of the president with their own doodles.

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Sindumuja Musaga@Rwanyubuja

Act like a Lamb (Children) doodle Nkurunziza

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iBurundi@iburundi

—Scribbling is not a crime.

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iBurundi@iburundi

—Three schoolgirls are still arbitrarily detained by @BurundiGov at some 50 km away from their family. pic.twitter.com/RfL5xwiy6l

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Ubuntu Peace@UbuntuPeace

Doodling is not a crime!
Kumcora Nkurunziza siyo crime!

3 girls risk 5YR detention 4 doodling on Nkurunziza’s picture in their text books. There is no proof on who did that; books are shared by all classmates! It is not even clear if it was done this school year

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Landry Sibomana@landrysibo

You have definitely lost an opportunity to shut it . Worldwide mvt ?really ??? 🤣🤣🤣🤣 what did you smoke ? Poor guy desperate and in need of attention. Marketing Director of Sindumuja Corp & brother of @pnininahazwe know for the failed coup 😜

Thierry Uwamahoro@ThierryU

I won’t shut it: !
Yes, it’s worldwide. Top news @Google search result is the indefensible jailing of schoolgirls. Similarly, on @Twitter top results are doodled pics of Nkurunziza from the 4 corners of the globe. Shame on you, guys: ! pic.twitter.com/qbXddJW5hG

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Sindumuja Musaga@Rwanyubuja

Act like a Lamb (Children) doodle Nkurunziza

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D EAST 🇰🇪@DEAST07299820

Stop being petty Nkurunziza. Scribbling has never been a crime.

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