Congolese protesters in London urge Kabila to go

Congolese protesters in London urge Kabila to go
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Scores of activists marched down central London to stage a sit-in protest across from the Downing Street and call on the British government to drop support for Joseph Kabila.

The electoral process was derailed in November 2011 that brought incumbent Kabila back to power, they claimed.


“We want Kabila to go,” said Hermine Kudia, an 18-year-old activist, along with her fellow-marchers who shouted the same in unity.

“We are looking for justice,” Kudia said. “It’s nearly impossible to march in Congo. They spray them with hot water, sometimes there is acid in it and it kills people.”

The event carried several aims. Remembering those who were killed 20 years ago in Kinshasa during protests was one, said marchers. “Today the same demand for real democracy is still at the forefront of our struggle,” read a flyer that was distributed.


The activists accuse the December 2011 election to have been rigged. “We are asking Kabila to step down, because he was not the one who was elected,” said 29-year-old John Mulala. “We are against the election fraud in Congo.”

They say opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi has been the real winner in the elections and should take the seat.

According to activists, the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo is the deadliest since the World War II, leaving more than six million dead and many more displaced.

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