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Congolese protest against the postponement of elections in crisiszones

The alliance around oppositiekandidaat Martin Fayulu has Thursday called for a general strike Friday in the whole of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Meanwhile, protests erupted against the partial postponement of the elections scheduled for Sunday are planned.

With an action of ‘dead city’ wants the alliance Lamuka Friday to protest against the postponement of the general elections to march 2019 for 1.2 million of the total of 40 million registered voters in two regions of turmoil, or an ebola epidemic struck.

At a press briefing early Lamuka (‘wake up’ in Lingala) to the election commission Céni (Commission électorale nationale indépendante) its decision to cancel for the regions of Beni-Butembo, in the east, and Yumbi, in the west. However, the alliance is participating in the presidential and parliamentary elections of Sunday, said the campagnedirecteur of Fayulu Thursday.

From Thursday morning argued hundreds of people in Beni against the postponement of the vote in this region, which with ebola is struggling and with repeated massacres on civilians. The demonstrators were tear gas scattered.

Barricades were also raised in Goma, the capital of the North Kivu province, where the police present. Here also fired the police tear gas grenades. At least six people were arrested.

The opposition calls the partial postponement of the elections ‘do not justify’. According to her, are the bulwarks against president Joseph Kabila, is excluded.

Fayulu has the support of two heavyweights of the opposition outside of Congo life, ex-governor Moïse Katumbi of Katanga and ex-rebel leader and vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba.

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