DR Congo Crackdown On Protesters ‘heavy-Handed’

Opposition supporters were vocal against a possible third term for President Kabila

Security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo used excessive force against protesters during a demonstration against a possible third term for President Joseph Kabila, the UN says in a report (in French).

The UN says it has documented the death of at least 40 people, killed in several cities across DR Congo, in protests which took place between 15 and 31 December last year.

The DR Congo government has not yet commented on the report.

The second and last term of President Kabila was due to have ended on 20 December last year, but has been extended to the end of this year.

A UN-brokered deal calls for presidential elections, in which Mr Kabila will not stand, to take place at the end of the year.

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