Random Pagan Verse:
Never laugh at the old when they offer counsel,
Often their words are wise:
From shriveled skin, from scraggy things

That hand among the hides
And move amid the guts,
Clear words often come.

Author Topic: DRC Opposition accuse President Joseph Kabila of plans to Delay Elections  (Read 337 times)

Offline internet police (OP)

  • Global Moderator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Date Registered: Jul 2014
  • Posts: 1671
  • Thanked: 2 times
  • Karma: +0/-0
  • do not spam this forum
    • View Profile
Loading...

Security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo broke up opposition demonstrations across the country Thursday. Two people are believed to have been killed in the eastern city of Goma. 

The march was organized by a group of leading opposition parties to protest what they claim are President Joseph Kabila's efforts to stall elections until he can change the constitution to allow him to seek a third term.

The Constitutional Court ruled earlier this month that Kabila can stay in office if November elections are postponed.

Opposition leader Eva Bazaiba said her message for Kabila is that his mandate ends Dec. 19, 2016. She said if elections are not organized by then, the opposition will consider Kabila a putschist and someone who has violated the constitution.

Around mid-morning, several thousand protesters in Kinshasa began to move in a sea of colorful flags.

One young man said Kabila must understand his mandate has come to an end, and that the Congolese people are hungry and thirsty for democracy.

But the cheerful atmosphere quickly turned tense when the protesters moved onto the main thoroughfare toward the government district. They were confronted by lines of policemen who fired canisters of bright pink tear gas into the crowd. Protesters began throwing rocks.

The Kinshasa police say demonstrators failed to follow the route the organizers and the town hall had agreed on.

The march dispersed after it became clear it would not be able to reach its intended destination.

Demonstrations were also banned in other parts of the country. Police clashed with protesters in the eastern city of Goma. 

Police are accused of using live bullets on the crowd. A U.N. human rights monitor told VOA that one protester was shot dead and two others injured, while a police officer was killed by stones thrown by the crowd.


 

 

South Africa High Court Rules Parliament Can Hold Secret Vote to Oust President

Started by newspostng

Replies: 0
Views: 354
Last post June 23, 2017, 12:48:15 AM
by newspostng
South Sudanís President Salva Kiir called on rival leader to meet for talks

Started by internet police

Replies: 0
Views: 441
Last post July 15, 2016, 02:09:56 AM
by internet police
South African President Zuma Survives Impeachment Vote over fund mismanagement

Started by admin

Replies: 0
Views: 308
Last post April 06, 2016, 01:41:49 AM
by admin
United Nations warns South Sudan president to keep to terms of peace agreement

Started by yungcrux

Replies: 0
Views: 421
Last post July 27, 2016, 05:44:47 AM
by yungcrux
Kenya's President Kenyatta declared winner in Rerun, Odinga Rejects result

Started by naij

Replies: 0
Views: 365
Last post November 01, 2017, 12:38:28 AM
by naij
Chadians began voting as incumbent President Deby seeks fifth term

Started by mastercode

Replies: 0
Views: 206
Last post April 11, 2016, 12:29:10 AM
by mastercode
South African parliament turned down no-confidence vote against President Zuma

Started by legendguru

Replies: 0
Views: 471
Last post November 11, 2016, 12:46:15 AM
by legendguru
Gambia President Jammeh dissapeared as ECOMOG orders troop to capture him

Started by internet police

Replies: 0
Views: 710
Last post January 20, 2017, 12:43:05 AM
by internet police
South African President Zuma Narrowly Survives No-confidence Vote

Started by lindaikeji

Replies: 0
Views: 294
Last post August 09, 2017, 01:06:22 AM
by lindaikeji
Assault by President Mugabe's wife in South Africa Becomes Diplomatic Headache

Started by naij

Replies: 0
Views: 388
Last post August 18, 2017, 12:42:26 AM
by naij