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Protests against Kabila’s bid to stay on as President turns bloody



Protests against Kabila's bid to stay on as President turns bloody
At least one police officer and one protester lost their lives as rallies by demonstrators opposing Joseph Kabila’s plan to stay on as caretaker president after expiry of his second term turned bloody.
Thousands of protesters stormed the streets of the Democratic Republic of Congo in rallies against Kabila with Jose Maria Aranaz, director of the UN’s Congo-based Joint Human Rights Office, reporting that two other people were injured by gunfire in the eastern city of Goma.
Tear gas canisters were fired at thousands of rock pelting protesters in the capital city of Kinshasa by security operatives in order to restore normalcy and disperse the surging crowd.
Reports say security forces resorted to firing tear gas at demonstrators in the capital city because they had deviated from an agreed route although demonstrators in the city according to the police had permission from authorities to protest unlike other parts of the country.
“In these cases we don’t negotiate, we disperse,” national police spokesman Colonel Pierre Rombaut Mwanamputu informed.
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