Security forces fire on protesters Congo

Security forces fire on protesters Congo

World December 20, 2016 20:54

KINSHASA - In several cities Congolese security forces fired on demonstrators the departure of President Joseph Kabila demands now ends its mandate. According to the human rights director of the United Nations in the DRC, José Maria Aranaz, there are reports received from twenty to kill.

In Kingabwa district in the 12 million inhabitants capital Kinshasa were shot according to eyewitnesses, at least two people. With a ban on demonstrations and lots of soldiers on the streets were deserted main roads with the exception of groups of young people who samenschoolden in side streets. By evening it was quiet.

Dozens of people were arrested, mostly in the eastern city of Goma. The head of the UN mission, Maman Sidikou said to worry about their safety. Members of the UN peacekeeping force patrolling the streets in armored cars were cheered by the audience.

In Lubumbashi shot the police and members of Kabila's Republican Guard with sharp to prevent demonstrations. There certainly was one death, said a local human rights activist. According to the mayor seized the security forces to prevent looting.

The authorities have blocked most social media. Western countries fear that the African country falls back into chaos. Kabila who has been in power since 2001, shows rarely publicly about his stay on. His supporters say the election to be postponed logistical and financial reasons. The Constitutional Court has ruled that Kabila can continue to be held until the elections in office.

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