In the capital of the Congo, the police fired on protesting against the postponement of the presidential elections, the clashes killed 17 people
During the protests in the capital of Congo Kinshasa, where on Monday, September 19, thousands of protesters spoke against President Joseph Kabila, accusing him of the intention to postpone the presidential elections, according to official figures, 17 people were killed, including three police officers, reports Reuters. According to human rights activists, police shot and killed 25 protesters.
The term Kabila ends in December, the opposition accuses him that he is going to extend his term, delaying elections to be held in November. The President’s supporters deny it.
“According to official data, we have 17 dead in Kinshasa: three policemen and 14 civilians”, – said the representative of police Claude Feather Lowara. The police say that the dead 14 civilians were the marauders. Georges Kapiamba, head of the local non-governmental organization of the Congolese Association for access to justice”, claims that security forces shot dead 25 people.
Later that evening was set on fire the headquarters of a major opposition parties of the Republic, it found charred remains of three people.
Human rights activists reported dozens of detained protesters and journalists in the capital, and in the cities of Goma and Kisangani, where he held anti-government marches. Press Secretary of the government confirmed the arrest of opposition leader businessman Martin Paulo.
As reported by the Congolese Radio Okapi, Paulo was wounded in the head during a rally in Kinshasa.
Voici la barbarie de la garde républicaine de M. Kabila. Mais le Dieu que nous servons est plus puissant. pic.twitter.com/4EI7j08loU