DR Congo: Anti-Kabila Protests Claim 26 Lives

By Ikenga Chronicles December 21, 2016

DR Congo: Anti-Kabila Protests Claim 26 Lives

The protests that are currently rocking the Democratic Republic of Congo over the call for President Joseph Kabila to step down has as at Wednesday claimed at least 26 lives.

Recall that protests had erupted in the early hours of Tuesday, moments after the expiration of Kabila’s mandate.

Gangs of mainly young men burnt tyres on the streets of Kinshasa and threw stones at riot police and soldiers who responded with live rounds and teargas.

A government spokesman could not be reached to comment on the nationwide death toll, compiled by New York-based Human Rights Watch.

The United Nations human rights director for the vast central African state said it had “solid” reports of at least 20 dead civilians in the capital, Kinshasa.

Some Kinshasa residents ventured from their homes on Wednesday morning but most streets were clear of traffic and public transport was extremely limited.

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