Deadly clashes in DR Congo for second day

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Sep 21, – The fresh violence came after a bloody day on Monday during which opposition groups said more than 50 people had died in protests calling for Kabila’s resignation.

Deadly clashes in DR Congo for second daySeveral people died in a second day of violence in DR Congo Tuesday, with three opposition HQ buildings torched in clashes between police and opponents of President Joseph Kabila.

The government put the toll from the first day of clashes at 17 — three policemen and 14 “looters”.

Protesters attacked several police outposts for a second day running on Tuesday amid reports of looting.

The national secretary of the main opposition group blamed a regime “commando” unit for torching their offices after ruling party buildings were set ablaze on Monday.

“Does a normal state respond with reprisals?” said Felix Tshisekedi from the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS). “We are facing a rogue state.”

Gunfire was heard on Tuesday morning near the UDPS headquarters.

At least two burnt bodies could be seen in the fire-ravaged building. Two others were burned alive and another injured.

A tearful woman in her 40s said that her husband had been there when unidentified assailants attacked the building.

“I’ve just put my husband’s body in the morgue,” she told AFP.

Two other opposition parties — the Forces of Union and Solidarity (FONUS) and the Lumumbist Progressive Movement (MLP) — also saw arson attacks at their offices.

A FONUS member said that armed men in civilian clothes arrived at the office in a jeep, sprayed petrol and set the building on fire.

– Church quits talks –

Jose Maria Arnaz, the director of the Joint Office of the United Nations for Human Rights in DR Congo, inspected the UDPS office to “investigate” the fire.

“We are seeing what we can do to reduce the political tensions and bring those responsible for deaths to justice,” he told AFP.

Diplomatic and security sources as well as residents reported clashes between the police and youths in the central and southern districts of Kinshasa, a teeming city of some 10 million.

Most residents stayed home, accustomed to violence in the streets. Shops and schools were closed.

Press journalist for HRO media – Ignacio Damigo reports.

Sep 21, – The fresh violence came after a bloody day on Monday during which opposition groups said more than 50 people had died in protests calling for Kabila’s resignation.

Several people died in a second day of violence in DR Congo Tuesday, with three opposition HQ buildings torched in clashes between police and opponents of President Joseph Kabila.

The government put the toll from the first day of clashes at 17 — three policemen and 14 “looters”.

Protesters attacked several police outposts for a second day running on Tuesday amid reports of looting.

The national secretary of the main opposition group blamed a regime “commando” unit for torching their offices after ruling party buildings were set ablaze on Monday.

“Does a normal state respond with reprisals?” said Felix Tshisekedi from the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS). “We are facing a rogue state.”

Gunfire was heard on Tuesday morning near the UDPS headquarters.

At least two burnt bodies could be seen in the fire-ravaged building. Two others were burned alive and another injured.

A tearful woman in her 40s said that her husband had been there when unidentified assailants attacked the building.

“I’ve just put my husband’s body in the morgue,” she told AFP.

Two other opposition parties — the Forces of Union and Solidarity (FONUS) and the Lumumbist Progressive Movement (MLP) — also saw arson attacks at their offices.

A FONUS member said that armed men in civilian clothes arrived at the office in a jeep, sprayed petrol and set the building on fire.

– Church quits talks –

Jose Maria Arnaz, the director of the Joint Office of the United Nations for Human Rights in DR Congo, inspected the UDPS office to “investigate” the fire.

“We are seeing what we can do to reduce the political tensions and bring those responsible for deaths to justice,” he told AFP.

Diplomatic and security sources as well as residents reported clashes between the police and youths in the central and southern districts of Kinshasa, a teeming city of some 10 million.

Most residents stayed home, accustomed to violence in the streets. Shops and schools were closed.

Press journalist for HRO media – Ignacio Damigo reports.

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