Residents in the border town of Goma on Wednesday held demonstrations in support of DR Congo’s armed forces, FARDC, as tensions between the government and neighboring Rwanda simmer.
On foot and on motorbikes, residents threatened to enter Rwanda to protest “aggression” against the DRC. The demonstrators were stopped at the border post by the Congolese police, who gassed them in tears. At least one person was injured, according to AFP.
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The protest in the largest city in in North Kivu province was organized by a local civil society group a day after Kinshasa reiterated claims that Kigali supported M23 rebels, which Rwanda denies.
Banks, gas stations, schools, shops and others Outlets were closed across Goma and few pharmacies appeared to be open.
The resurgence and violence of the M23 since last November, which ambushed FARDC forces, has intensified since March. The group is said to be receiving weapons from foreign donors.
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Congolese residents in the Democratic Republic Congo have staged marches in several cities across the country. In the capital, Kinshasa, protesters singing anti-Rwanda songs were repeatedly dispersed with tear gas as they demanded the expulsion of the Rwandan ambassador.
– Additional AFP coverage