Six Dead in DR Congo Protest Crackdown

 

MARYLAND/U.S.A –

 

 

SIX people were killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday as the authorities cracked down on a banned protest against President Joseph Kabila.

 

Security forces fired live rounds and tear gas in Kinshasa to disperse demonstrators who had gathered after Catholic church leaders called for a mass peaceful demonstration against Kabila’s 17-year rule.

The UN peacekeeping mission MONUSCO said six people were killed in Kinshasa and 49 others injured nationwide in anti-Kabila rallies.

It added that 94 people were arrested across the country.

Sunday’s bloody crackdown comes three weeks after a similar march on New Year’s Eve ended in deadly violence, during which organizers said a dozen people were killed.

The Internet, email and social media messaging networks were cut in the capital ahead of the march.

 Security forces installed roadblocks on major routes and armed officers conducted ID checks.

 

 

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