Thousands protest in Beni against insecurity in eastern DR Congo

Thousands of people turned up on Wednesday to protest against insecurity in Beni, North Kivu province, east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo).

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The protests followed last week’s killing of 50 people by Uganda’s rebel group, Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in Beni town.

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Overwhelmed by the protesters, the national police officers were aided by soldiers to try and restore order in the town and its environs.

The protesters, many of whom had come from the neighbouring town of Butembo, accused the country’s authorities of inefficiency in their efforts to protect civilians against repeated attacks in this part of the country.

The protests came just a few hours after the visit to the town by Prime Minister Matata Ponyo, who was sent to the zone by President Joseph Kabila to evaluate the situation on the ground.

The ADF rebels who have been active in eastern DR Congo since 1994, are accused of having killed over 600 civilians since October 2014 in Beni town. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/News Ghana

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