DRC protesters clash with cops in London

2011-12-06 20:05

London - Hundreds of demonstrators opposing Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) President Laurent Kabila clashed with British police as they protested outside the residence of Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday.

An estimated 300 protesters chanting slogans and brandishing signs reading "Kabila Out" were pushed back by at least 50 police, some wearing riot gear, an AFP reporter at the scene said.

A woman and another protester, who were apparently injured in the clashes, lay on the ground and were being attended to by police medics.

The protesters, who were mainly from the DRC diaspora living in Britain, were demonstrating ahead of the expected announcement Tuesday of the result of last week's election in the mineral-rich central African country.

Kabila, in power since 2001, led a divided opposition pack of 10 candidates with 46.4% after ballots from just over two-thirds of polling centres had been tallied, according to latest results issued on Tuesday.

One of the protesters in London, Jason Kabuta, in his 20s, told AFP: "We want Kabila to go. There is genocide in our country.

"The Western countries are supporting him and that is why we are outside Downing Street calling on David Cameron to stop.

"The Western countries are supporting Kabila because they want to steal our resources," said Kabuta, who has lived in Britain since the age of nine.

  • Guelord - 2011-12-06 20:28

    Please go go go go and save thousands of people’s lives Is quite evident that Congolese people don’t want you Mr Kanambe

  • Guelord - 2011-12-06 20:49

    This so-called international organisation bought nothing but misery; they are there for their own interest It’s evident that they need African countries to be in chaos so they can generate enough income to satisfy they wants Should peace be restore in Africa, they will go bankrupt……bunch of crooks!!! Hiding themselves with the expertise of being peacekeeper

  • Norah - 2011-12-06 21:17

    @Guelord..while it is true that there are many Congolese who don't want Rais Kabila, I was watching the campaign on DRC TV and there were equally thousands who turned up in several cities to support him! so what now? Well only the ballot box will tell! and he has promised to step down if the vote goes against his favour. So please let democracy prevail..even if there were irregularities, the general consensus of international observers is that these were not significant enough to jeopardise the polls! The Congolese people have spoken!

      Djongo - 2011-12-06 21:41

      thousands of people supporting who??? for a t-shirt, please!!! what democracy to prevail, there's no democracy in congo we all know that!! a country where there is interdiction of communicating, u call that democracy, please!!! they must give us the REAL result then we can talk about a beginning of democracy!!

      mpiana.kamba - 2011-12-06 22:54

      She's talking like she didn't hear and see all the scandalous and outrageous frauds on the day of the elections..

      cedric.lungiambudi - 2011-12-06 23:23

      DRC TV is a channel control by the Kabila government do you think they will show the truth and the majority of his supports were payed to support him, for you to say the support for Kibali is equal to Tshisekedi shows your ignorant on this matter, please refrain your self from commenting on issues you know nothing about. Thank you

      Jim - 2011-12-07 02:02

      You are very ignorant of what goes on! In Africa everything is possible. We have not yet built solid institutions to speak of democracy in Africa, let alone in the DRC. Kabila's government is notoriously corrupt. People in power take advantage of others ignorance and misery. So a t-shirt, a pair of shoes and stuff like those are enough to bring people to come and watch the campaign meeting. Don't even speak of irregularities. It was total fraud from the beginning. From changing the constitution to one round to choosing the CENI president, I understand that the attorney general has been changed during the campaign, province governors who are still in function campaigning for Kabila, add to that an entire load of three tons of voting ballots flying in 1 day after the elections and the ballots found in various polling stations,...Who can speak of transparency? this is a mockery. That's what it is.

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      Paris - 2011-12-07 18:49

      Nora can you please shut your mouth up.Please we don`t need you in this forum.If you could only see how many children,women have been raped since you`ve been writting your stupid comments,you`ld have changed your mind.To hell with your kabila and your hitler paul kagame.

      llukaso - 2011-12-07 22:14

      @Norah: Please, you don't know what you're talking about and maybe what you do see from that so called DRC TV is just as false as an elephant feeding a dog! Am in Congo and this so called Rais is among worst plagues that happened to DRC. It's your opinion, but know that supporting this Rais is like an insult to the million marginalized Congolese. Britain is among western countries supporting this non-sense, and a few weeks ago a Briton parliament member reported the steal of congo resources from this greed Rais.

      julien.balezi - 2011-12-09 12:03

      @Norah, Congolese are not dump, we voted for him in 2006 as we hoped he could do something good unfortunately not was done than murdering us day and night. Joseph kabila is the worse president DRC has ever known and wished to know. Therefore all we want is him to leave by all means necessary he will Go. We ready for another war if he does not step down. The truth is that if the result comes as Kabila won, no one will accept them as congolese people knows who they voted for, therefore it cannot be him althought these criminals calling themselves International community are trying by all means to keep him on power because of the stupid contract he signed that does not benefit congo. Since kabila came to power,congo has gone from bad to worse and if congolese voted for him then why there's so many protest against him. the truth is stubborn, therefore kabila has to go no one want him period.

      Carrlos - 2011-12-27 10:39

      @Norah, Selfish woman, God will punish you!!! even in the life to-come

  • Djongo - 2011-12-06 21:45

    All we want is the truth!! we've been in the dark for so long all we want it's a little bit of light, not much just a little. send our children to school, pay for hospital when sick and put food on the table!! we deserve to live, we are also God creation!!

  • Madeleine - 2011-12-06 22:34

    From the get-go ballot boxes were filled with already kabila-ticked election papers which some people found and burnt. This even supported and confirmed by numerous international observers. A lot of Congolese people were paid to go out on the street and the results published by the CENI only mainly show areas where Kabila leads. Ngoy Mulumba, head of the CENI is Kabila's friend and has sworn that no matter what he will insure that he wins. By law the CENI has to show exactly which office theyu are collecting these votes from because they do not tally with the actual ones collected by the population/other bodies in DR Congo. Transparency is required before anything is declared. This is tactful from the gov in place. Kabila has been in power for 10yrs already and has contributed to the further plunder of the state. We want him out, whether he wins or not. Many people didn't and weren't permitted to vote for various reasons and now the results will not be published today as was planned. NO TRANSPARENCY because all it will show is that the majority has voted Tshisekedi.

  • mpiana.kamba - 2011-12-06 22:52

    Why isnt the international mafia not saying anything about all the killing by this president's guards on Nov 26th? Why are they supporting him??? Minerals...

  • Christopher - 2011-12-07 01:49

    Christifa columbus It's sad that people do not realise that a lot of people in Congo are living the hell with thsi government. People are dying with hunger, diseases because of lack of support from the government. Norah, it's very upsetting for to write this comment. Even if he stays in power believe me the same way he is killing, the same way he will die.

  • Louison - 2011-12-07 03:25

    why is the people of this mineral-rich country so poor? why is that country itself so underequipped? now, logically thinking, why must this people vote for the regime keeping them and the country so poor? either the whole country are idiots or the media is hiding many things about the vote proceedings. wat if the country wealth is going towards the same people that are manipulating the media?

  • Madeleine - 2011-12-07 08:38

    Not to mention the callous politico-socio-economic history of this country the size of Western Europe; fact remains that many people have been denouncing beatings, fraud (as seen on Al-Jazeera) and numerous videos uploaded in Lingala which of course you cannot understand - but pretty much can see the anger in people as they speak. The constitution was changed to favour these elections whereby, only 1 round of elections will be permitted. Now results have been pushed to the 16th! 10 days in election-pending results in any unstable country is asking for bloodshed, but we know the gov in place (argue arguably since Kabila's mandate ceased on the 6th) want an outbreak so they have a reason to blame Tshiskedi for an uprising. Rwanda and Burundi should be held accountable by the US for their role in destabilising the DRC as promised Obama in the law he was SUPPOSED to put forward which we have yet to see. But we know that they are US allies with troops in Darfur, Afghanistan etc. Those two countries have vowed to retreat their troops if the US tries anything - and of course they will listen because it is more favourable for a black soldier to die than a white one - Again Race! The consensus remains that as Congolese we do not want blood shed - let it remain so!

      Paris - 2011-12-07 18:58

      Good.After kabila kanambe.we`ll take care of hitler paul kagame and paul musolini buyoya.

  • Djongo - 2011-12-07 11:36

    One day AFRICA will be a great continent!!! God have mercy!

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