“When we demonstrate, bullets are shot. We are really tired. We do not know how to claim our rights.”
Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was paralyzed by a strike urging president Joseph Kabila to end his rule after 15 years in power.
In 2015, keeping power by force went out of fashion for some East and Central African leaders, who instead found ways to stay at the top legally -- but not without a fierce opposition.
The clash follows months of unrest precipitated by speculation that President Joseph Kabila may attempt extend his tenure of an election scheduled for next year.
The October 25 referendum opens the door to President Denis Sassou Nguesso serving a third term in office, and has sparked opposition protests in the country.
An opposition protest against the Democratic Republic of Congo's president descended into chaos when unidentified armed men attacked.
The government admits it buried more than 400 corpses at night in Kinshasa on March 19, but claims they were stillborn fetuses and unclaimed remains from the morgue.
Gen. Bruno Mandevu was appointed to head an army operation against FDLR rebels, but just five days later was accused of committing 121 rights abuses, including allegations of rape and summary executions.
Bloody Protests Force Lawmakers in the Democratic Republic of Congo to Change Controversial Election Plan
A proposed law would have delayed the country's upcoming presidential election pending a nationwide census, but deadly protests prompted a change of plans.
Violence continues in Kinshasa as civilians protest a controversial bill that would delay an election until a national census and extend President Joseph Kabila's term.