Opposition Protests In DR Congo, 17 Dead

At least 17 people have been killed, following violent clashes between security forces and opposition demonstrators, in the DR Congo.

Street clashes between security forces and demonstrators opposed to President Joseph Kabila left at least 17 dead in the DR Congo’s capital, Kinshasa, on Monday.

Protesters threw stones and set tires and vehicles ablaze, according to witnesses. Interior Minister Evariste Boshab confirmed that three police officers were among the dead, including one who was burned alive.

Eva Mwakasa, a member of the opposition coalition La Dynamique, said it was difficult to give a death toll as protesters had been dispersed by tear gas.

The protests were the result of mounting tensions, after officials sought to delay the upcoming election until next year.

Some see the delay as a way for current President Kabila to prolong his time in power beyond the end of his mandate, in late December.

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