"Now we have a new generation, one that doesn't accept the situation," Mahouele added.On Twitter the movement has taken on the hashtag "Sassoufit," a play on the French phrase Ça suffit, which means "enough." Ngombet, one of the coordinators of the Sassoufit collective, said his group has helped orchestrate the dialogue on social media, while working alongside various other youth organizations and movements participating in the protests."They got nothing more to lose so they just rise up against the dictatorship. Young, old, they just rise up against this illegal referendum," Ngombet said.According to Carter, this consciousness developed after people watched how protesters took to the streets in Burkina Faso in 2014 and succeeded in toppling long-time president Blaise Compaore — or even demonstrators' unsuccessful attempt in Burundi to keep President Pierre Nkurunziza from seeking a third term. They have also come to recognize that the international community is not going to step in and solve the problem, meaning they must take it into their own hands, Carter explained.Related: Congo Constitutional Referendum Could Allow the President to Extend His 32-Year Rule"If they have to sacrifice their life, for having fostered democratic change, that's increasingly a choice that many of them are willing to make," he said.
'We are asking the international community to get involved. And to open up an investigation for the security force violence on the civilians'
'We are more motivated to honor our dead, it's like a debt we get, we have to overthrow Sassou for them to rest in peace.'