Pro-election protests in DR Congo: Opposition leaders demand sanctions over protesters’ deaths
New York/Kinshasa (DR Congo): World leaders attending the UN General Assembly are concerned and keeping a close watch on the situation in Democratic Republic of Congo where an opposition led pro-election agitation was brutally crushed by riot police earlier this week resulting in a large number of deaths.
According to reports, the death toll in DR Congo protests is 44.
The opposition leaders are demanding that President Joseph Kabila should step down and elections due in November should be held on schedule. They are also demanding sanctions against those responsible for causing so many deaths. Protesters came out on the road after the DR Congo election authority announced on Monday that it will not be possible to hold the elections at this time.
The opposition is enraged by this development and says that Kabila is trying to delay the elections only to remain in power beyond his two-term limit ending in December 2016.