Protesters reportedly gathered in Bukavu on Thursday, September 3, in support of Denis Mukwege, the Congolese Nobel Laureate who received death threats in recent weeks after he called for justice over serious human rights violations in eastern Congo. The procession was said to be honking motorcycle horns, singing, and waving signs in support of Mukwege. Despite the large gathering, the protest was reportedly peaceful in nature.
A heightened security presence and localized travel disruption should be anticipated in the vicinity of the rally. Further associated demonstrations are likely in the near term.
Those in Bukavu are advised to monitor developments, avoid all demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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