The situation in the DRC’s Captial Kinshasa can be described as bloody as protestors demanding for the immediate departure of the Rwandan envoy turned ugly on Wednesday morning.
At about 10:41, protestors armed with placards and Congolese national flags, marched through the streets of Kinshasha demanding that Ambasassador Vincent Karega leaves the country.
It was meant to be a peaceful march but just minutes later turned into an altercation between elements of the Congolese National Police and the demonstrators. Police mounted four roadblocks on la route Huileries streets attempting to restrain the protest march.
So far no deaths or injuries have been recorded except for four demonstrators arrested and referred to the Lufungula camp, on Huilerie Avenue.
Fanfares, some dressed in their citizen movement attire, flags in hand, these activists had started their demonstrations at the oil mills roundabout as agreed.
The march has come to a standstill, police and protesters have started talks here on the Huilerie Avenue between the INRB and Cedesurk. Witnesses on ground told local journalists that only 20 protesters were allowed to cross the barrier to reach their destination-The Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Sources also said the protestors are grouped into different movements including; the LUCHA, FILIMBI, Les Congolais Debout, ECCHA, MISS RDC, M-30, NURU AFRICA, to name but a few.
On September 4, the Forum of International Human Rights Defenders (FODIDH) said it would continue with the demands for the expulsion of the Rwandan envoy.
“Citizen Movements and other human rights activists will continue to demand the expulsion of the Rwandan ambassador from the DRC, for his comments in connection with the denial of the Kasika massacres, in South Kivu,” FODIDH said in a statement.
Ambassador Karega categorically said in an exclusive interview with Radio Okapi that his words have been misinterpreted, that he has never said and will never say that the unrest, the various wars, and other conflicts have not caused deaths in the DRC.
In August, Ambassador Vincent Karega responded to a Twitter post that accused Rwandan troops of killing more than a thousand people in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo in August 1998. “Blatant incoherence between image and history… accusation without evidence is called slander,” Karega tweeted and later deleted. Despite these protests in DRC that attract a small crowd, Rwanda and DRC are currently enjoying fast-growing diplomatic relations.