Members of the LUCHA civil society group have called for sit-in protests to take place in the capital Kinshasa in the vicinity of the Hotel du Gouvernement, on Thursday, September 27. Protesters are expected to gather from 10:00 (local time). A related sit-in protest is scheduled to take place in Goma (North Kivu) on Friday, September 28, in front of the Gouvernorat building, at 10:00.
On Wednesday, September 26, police forces used tear gas to disperse protesters gathered in Beni (North Kivu), to denounce the prevailing insecurity following recent suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel attacks. Most schools and stores in the area remain closed since the latest fatal attacks on September 22. Civil society organizations have called for a mourning period to be held until Friday, September 28, and further protests are possible. In Butembo (North Kivu), most of the daily activities have also ceased to denounce the attacks.
Additional ADF attacks are possible in Beni and its vicinity in the coming weeks.
Residents in Beni held a "dead city" protest (total strike) on September 24 to mourn the 18 people killed during a September 22 attack attributed to the ADF rebel group. Another similar attack was carried out in Oicha (North Kivu), located some 30 km (19 mi) north of Beni, on September 25, in which at least one person was killed and 17 others kidnapped.
The ADF is a Ugandan Islamist militant group that has been active in North Kivu province since the late 1990s. The Congolese government's limited presence in the eastern provinces, including in North Kivu, coupled with the presence of numerous armed groups (such as the ADF) and local self-defense militias (Maï-Maï militias) have led to continued insecurity in the area.
Individuals in North Kivu province, as well as in Kinshasa, are advised to monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant for militant activity, avoid all gatherings as violence may flare up without warning, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
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