Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo has detained priests and over 200 protesters, who defied a ban on protests over the weekend to demand that president step down from office according to African news.
The march was meant to be peaceful but soon turned violent when the police fired bullets and tear gas to disperse the protest which was organised by the church. The chaos led to the death of six people according to reports.
The protest was organised by a group of powerful Catholic priests and was supported by Muslim leaders; they aimed to force the current president to respect mediation that forces him to step down.
“We have registered the case of 10 priests who have been arrested, including Father Dieudonne Mukinayi of Saint Christophe Parish in Binza Ozone. He is detained in a residence of a government official alongside eight parishioners,” Georges Kapiamba of a local NGO Congolese Association for Justice told the UN-sponsored Radio Okapi.
“According to information we have, they were or continue to be mistreated. Their clothes have been torn. Two nuns are missing, 257 demonstrators have been arrested and are being held in various cells in Kinshasa,” Kapiamba added.
Kabila took office in 2001 after his father was assassinated and has been in power since then. There has been tension in recent years, in Congo, the tension has seen many people flee to neighbouring country Zambia for there own safety. The tension up until now has been segregated to rural Congo and are mainly tribal fighting. There is now fear that Kabila refusal to step down will cause this to spread across Congo.
Congo is already one of the poorest countries in the world and no employment. It is one of the most dangerous places to live for women.
We are all hoping Kabila steps down peacefully because we do not want a repeat of the great Congo war that had nine other African countries involved.