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Protests in Beni, DRC against massacres

Democratic Republic Of Congo

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Beni in the Democratic Republic of Congo, following the massacre of at least 50 people in the area during the weekend.

They have accused the government and the army of failing to stop the killings, alleged to have been carried out by the Allied Democratic Forces, from Uganda.

The angry locals also argue that the rebels suspected of the killings in the Rwangoma region, have not been brought to justice.

According to the United Nations, three people have lost their lives in the demonstrations that turned violent on Wednesday when the protests began.

The protests in Beni, once considered the government’s political stronghold has added tensions in the country, ahead of an election set for November.

Opposition parties are calling for President Joseph Kabila to step down after his term comes to an end in December.

The recent Beni massacre and other similar attacks in the DRC has now led to the death of more than 700 people since 2014.

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