State funerary services for former Prime Minister Etienne Tshisekedi will be held in Kinshasa from Thursday, May 30 to Saturday, June 1. On Thursday, a funeral procession will bring Tshisekedi's body from N'Djili International Airport (FIH) to Hôpital du Cinquantenaire via Limete. On Friday, Tshisekedi's body will lie in state at Stade des Martyrs for the public to pay their respects. On Saturday, the funerary services will end with a solemn Mass in the same stadium. His body will then be buried in the Nsele district of Kinshasa. Congolese authorities have declared Thursday, May 30, to be a public holiday.
Heightened security measures, as well as commercial and transportation disruptions, are to be anticipated over the coming days in Kinshasa, especially near each funerary venue.
Individuals in Kinshasa are advised to anticipate consequent disruptions (e.g. transportation disruptions, business closures, etc.), avoid funerary venues, refrain from discussing politically sensitive topics in public, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
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