Anti-Kabila protesters arrested
Publish date: 07 August 2017
Issue Number: 737
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
DRC police have arrested more than 100 people in a clampdown on protesters demanding that President Joseph Kabila leave office by the end of the year. A series of marches across the country by pro-democracy group Lucha, and backed by several leading opposition politicians, have been snuffed out by heavy police deployments. Al Jazeera reports, that Ida Sawyer, Central Africa director at US-based Human Rights Watch, said the group had confirmed 57 arrests in the eastern city of Goma, 24 in the capital Kinshasa and dozens more in seven other cities. Kabila's refusal to step down when his mandate expired last December has fuelled rising violence and insecurity in the DRC, but organised opposition has faltered since the death of his main opponent, Etienne Tshisekedi, in February.