Hundreds of people gathered in the capital Kinshasa on Saturday, July 4, to denounce the appointment of Ronsard Malonda as president of the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI). The demonstration was dispersed by security forces who used tear gas as protesters neared the Palais du Peuple parliament building in the capital, and reports indicate more than a dozen protesters were arrested before being released.
The ruling Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) party has reportedly called for further demonstrations on Thursday, July 9, following the appointment. The exact location of the demonstration is not clear at this time, although protesters are likely to gather in Kinshasa and other urban centers in the country.
Further demonstrations are expected in the coming days and unrest is to be anticipated.
Individuals in DRC are advised to monitor developments, anticipate overland disruption in the vicinity of demonstrations, avoid all protests as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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