DRC intelligence agents arrest activists in Goma

2015-03-17 15:22

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Goma - Congolese intelligence agents detained at least 10 people in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Tuesday as they attempted to protest against arrests of pro-democracy activists in the capital two days ago, witnesses and an intelligence agent said on Tuesday.

The arrests, following the detentions on Sunday, come at a sensitive time in Congolese politics. President Joseph Kabila is due to step down next year when his second mandate expires but critics accuse his camp of scheming for ways to extend his term.

Activists attempted a sit-in outside the National Intelligence Agency (ANR) building in the eastern city of Goma on Tuesday but agents came out of the building and began hitting them and threatening them with a shovel, two witnesses said.

"About 12 people from [Congolese youth movement] Lucha were in the process of chanting and waving banners when about a dozen ANR agents came and pushed everyone to the ground," said Alexis Bouvy, from Belgian organisation Local Voices who attended the event and was briefly detained.

The remainder of the protesters, including several Congolese journalists were still in detention, he added.

Security forces arrested around 40 people on Sunday, including a US diplomat, as they broke up a news conference in Kinshasa attended by activists, journalists and musicians from around the region. The diplomat was later freed.
Read more on:    joseph kabila  |  drc  |  us  |  security  |  central africa

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.