Activists from the Fight for Change (LUCHA) and Filimbi movements will gather on Friday, September 18, in the capital Kinshasa and in Goma (North Kivu province). Reports indicate that the two organizations have called for peaceful marches; in Kinshasa, activists will gather at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to demand the removal of the Rwandan ambassador, Vincent Karega, from the DRC following controversial remarks he made on social media regarding the involvement of Rwandan nationals in a 1998 massacre in South Kivu province. Rwandan president, Paul Kagame, is reportedly participating in a diplomatic summit in Goma on Friday and associated demonstrations will likely be held in the vicinity of the summit.
A heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions should be anticipated in the vicinity of protests. Clashes between security forces and protesters cannot be ruled out.
Those in Kinshasa and Goma are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate transportation disruptions, and avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution.
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