Forces kill scores in worsening DRC crisis

drc-crisisFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – SECURITY forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo have killed at least three civilians in reaction to rising whistle demonstrations demanding the resignation of President Joseph Kabila.
His term expired on Monday but he stayed on, aggravating an already restless situation. In the east, where a South African peacekeeper was killed this week, armed groups have been mobilizing.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) confirmed security forces had since Tuesday killed the demonstrators after firing live bullets in the capital Kinshasa.
The “sound of whistles” has pierced many neighborhoods of the city as groups take to the streets, whistling to send the message to Kabila that his time in office was up.
A “concert of whistles” has also been held in the southern city of Lubumbashi.
In both cities, military and police forces have been heavily deployed.
Witnesses reported door-to-door searches by Republican Guard soldiers, with youth being arrested from their homes, and about unusual checkpoints where security forces stopped people on the roads, questioning them about potential ties to the political opposition, confiscating money and cellphones.
Meanwhile, in Kinsha, protesters have burnt the headquarters of the ruling People’s Party for Reconstruction and Democracy (PPRD).
There are reports that protesters beat police officers in Lubumbashi.
“DRC has become a powder keg, with whistling demonstrators facing off against security forces, and armed groups mobilizing,” warned HRW’s Ida Sawyer.
Outgoing United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, yesterday deplored the loss of lives in confrontations between security forces and protesters.
– CAJ NEWS

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