At Least 26 Killed in Anti-government Protests in Congo

Kinshasa, At least 26 people are dead after anti-government protests in various cities in Congo, with more than 275 arrested, Congolese police reported on Wednesday.

The deaths occurred Tuesday as demonstrators clashed with police to protest President Joseph Kabila’s plan to stay in power after his second mandate expired Monday at midnight.

Jose Maria Aranaz, UN human rights director for the central African country, had earlier spoken of 19 people killed and 45 injured just in the capital, Kinshasa.

Human Rights Watch researcher Ida Sawyer tweeted earlier that 26 people had been killed in Kinshasa, Lumumbashi, Matadi and Boma.

Sporadic gunfire was heard in Kinshasa on Wednesday, though the city appeared generally calm.

Clashes between demonstrators and police were reported in the second-largest city, Lumumbashi, while the pro-democracy group La Lucha said 18 of its activists had been arrested in Goma in the east.

Source: Qatar News Agency