kinshasa - Security forces of the controversial President Joseph Kabila shot dead at least 26 demonstrators in the capital Kinshasa and other cities in the Democratic Republic of Congo. That says an observer from Human Rights Watch. The protesters demand the departure of President Joseph Kabila since his mandate expired.
Opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi called Tuesday on the people of Congo to protest peacefully and to revolt against Kabila.
Officially there is a ban on demonstrations and there are many soldiers on the streets. 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 that elections have been postponed logistical and financial reasons.