Congo: Security Forces Kill 34 in Anti-Kabila Protests

Democratic Republic of the Congo President Joseph Kabila.
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Reuters Africa is reporting security forces in Democratic Republic of Congo killed at least 34 people during protests this week against President Joseph Kabila’s refusal to step down at the end of his mandate.

The author writes:

“Congo’s capital Kinshasa and other cities were convulsed by violent demonstrations on Tuesday as Kabila, in power since 2001, reached the end of his second term in office without an election in place to choose his successor.

Human Rights Watch (HRW)’s Central Africa director said on Twitter that the deaths, including 19 in the capital Kinshasa and five in the southeastern mining hub of Lubumbashi, happened at protests early on Tuesday and HRW was verifying reports of more deaths.”

Read more at Reuters.

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