Tear Gas Deployed

Jul 15, 2020

On 13 July 2020, police officers deployed tear gas at thousands of demonstrators in Kinshasa who had gathered in opposition to the appointment of a new chairman of the national electoral commission (CENI). Demonstrators gathered on Boulevard Lumumba — a major thouroughfare in the city — and escorted a vehicle carrying a former rebel leader and current opposition leader. Police officers dispersed the escort with tear gas, while unidentified individuals in civilian clothes threw rocks at the demonstrators. At least 20 police officers were injured during the confrontations, along with an unspecified number of demonstrators. Separately, security forces also deployed tear gas to disperse demonstrations in Bukavu — located on the Rwandan border — and Kananga, the capital city of Kasai-Central province located in south-central DRC. More demonstrations are planned across the country on 19 July.

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