DRC protestors face murder charges

KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – SCORES of protestors arrested in recent weeks for demonstrating against President Joseph Kabila’s clinging on to power have reportedly been slapped with spurious charges including murder and arson.

Rights groups said authorities had made up these allegations after the protestors failed to raise money to bribe their way out of remand prison.

Amnesty International reported this as the latest violations by state security forces that have reacted brutally to protests.

“This travesty of justice must be brought to an end,” said Sarah Jackson, Amnesty International’s deputy regional director for East Africa and Great Lakes region.

Since anti-Kabila protests began in 2014, government security forces have killed dozens of protesters and imprisoned many others on trumped-up charges or following unfair trials. They have also introduced draconian restrictions on media houses.

Dozens of protesters have been killed.

Kabila’s second, constitutionally last, term ends on December 19 but a so-called national dialogue which has extended his term by 18 months pending elections in April 2018 has fuelled the conflict.

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