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19 Jul 2020 | 04:32 PM UTC

DRC: Political demonstration in Kinshasa on July 19 /update 9

DR Congo News Alert

Political demonstration in Kinshasa on July 19; avoid all demonstrations

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/19/2020, 12:00 AM until 7/21/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Kinshasa). COUNTRY/REGION Kinshasa

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Event

On Sunday, July 19, nearly 1000 people gathered in Kinshasa to protest against the nomination of Ronsard Malonda as head of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), as well as to demand electoral reform. The demonstrators gathered at the Marché de la Liberté and were principally made up of members of the Comité Laïc de Coordination (CLC), a catholic organization. A strong police presence was present, but no arrests were made and the protest passed peacefully.

Further protests against Malonda are likely in the near term. A heightened security presence is to be expected at protests, and an associated disruption to transportation and business is likely.

Context

Multiple protests have been staged by the Lamuka opposition in Kinshasa and numerous provincial towns and cities since Malonda was endorsed by the government as the new head of the CENI on July 2. Many of these demonstrations have been aggressively dispersed by security forces citing the current ban on public gatherings, with fatalities reported at past demonstrations in Kinshasa.

Advice

Those in the DRC are advised to monitor developments, anticipate disruptions in the vicinity of demonstrations, avoid all protests as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.

 

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