UN official condemns Congo’s violent repression of protests

  • Congolese boys take part in a protest against President Joseph Kabila’s refusal to step down from power in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sunday, Dec. 31. Congolese security forces shot dead two men outside a church on Sunday while dispersing demonstrators protesting in the country’s capital against President Joseph Kabila’s refusal to step down from power, according to Human Rights Watch. (AP Photo/John Bompengo)

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. peacekeeping chief condemned “violent repression” by Congo security forces against demonstrators protesting the refusal of President Joseph Kabila to step down and warned Tuesday that further electoral delays risk fueling political tensions.

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