DRC police 'fire tear gas' on supporters after Tshisekedi death

Etienne Tshisekedi (File: AFP)
Etienne Tshisekedi (File: AFP)

Kinshasa - Police fired tear gas on Wednesday as supporters of Democratic Republic of Congo opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi gathered to mourn in Kinshasa shortly after his death was announced, an AFP journalist said.

About 100 supporters were outside when security forces moved in, and dozens took refuge inside his party's headquarters to escape the gas.

A spokesperson for his UDPS party earlier announced Tshisekedi's death at the age of 84 in Brussels, where he had flown on Tuesday for medical treatment.

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