31 Dec '17, 11pm

Deadly crackdown on anti-president protests in DR Congo

Deadly crackdown on anti-president protests in DR Congo

Eight people were killed Sunday and dozens arrested as security forces in DR Congo cracked down on Catholic worshippers who gathered at churches across the country to demand President Joseph Kabila leave power, a UN source said. Despite appeals notably from the United Nations to respect people's right to protest, troops fired tear gas into churches and bullets in the air to break up gatherings at Catholic masses, in one case arresting 12 altar boys leading a protest in Kinshasa. Internet links were also down as church and opposition groups defied a ban by authorities to push ahead with the demonstrations. "Eight deaths -- seven in Kinshasa and one in Kananga," in central Democratic Republic of Congo, the source told AFP, adding there had been "82 arrests, including priests, in the capital and "41 in the rest of the country." In his end-of-year speech, Kabila insisted that ...

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