Govt officials linked to attack on protesters in DR Congo: Watch
Oct 7, OSLO: The Human Rights Watch says the senior security force and ruling party officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo appear to have hired thugs to assault peaceful political demonstration in Kinshasha.
On September 15, 2015, a group of youth brutally attacked a public meeting organized by political opposition leaders to call for President Joseph Kabila to step down after his constitutionally mandated two-term limit ends in December 2016, Watch said.
The assailants were armed with clubs and wooden sticks and beat the demonstrators, spreading fear and chaos throughout the crowd of several thousand protesters.
More than a dozen demonstrators were injured, including some who were trampled trying to flee.
“People in Congo have the right to demonstrate peacefully about presidential term limits without being attacked by hired thugs,” said Ida Sawyer, senior Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch.
“The apparent involvement of senior security and ruling party officials in the violent attack shows the ugly depths to which the authorities are willing to go to block opposition protests.”