DRC: 6 protesters killed at anti-Kabila protests

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At least six protesters have been killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) during protests against the country’s president, Joseph Kabila.

Witnesses say security forces fired live rounds and tear gas at crowds to disperse crowds in the capital, Kinshasa, on Sunday. Demonstrators had gathered in the capital to call for an end to Kabila’s 17-year reign after he refused to step down in December 2016.

6 killed at anti-Kabila protest

According to MONUSCO, the United Nations peacekeeping mission int he DRC, at least six people were killed on Sunday and 57 injured across the country as dissent continues to spread across the nation. One of those killed was a 16-year-old girl who was hit by gunfire from an armoured vehicle at the entrance to a church in the capital’s Kintambo municipality, according to AFP.

Protestors went ahead with the latest round of demonstrations, despite local authorities refusing to authorise them. The Catholic Church, which has called on followers to stage peaceful protests, insists it doesn’t need permission to hold demonstrations and went ahead with Sunday’s march as planned.

On January 20, security forces set up numerous roadblocks while text messaging and internet services were both shut down in an effort to prevent communication between organisers. There was also a heavy military presence outside Catholic Churches on Sunday.

Featured image: “Le Président de la République, Joseph Kabila, a pris la parole hier jeudi 25 septembre, à la 69e assemblée générale de l’Onu qui s’est tenue à New-York” flickr photo by MONUSCO https://flickr.com/photos/monusco/15334828496 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license

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