DR Congo opposition mounts ‘dead city’ protest against Kabila

Peace and Freedom

AFP

© AFP / by Bienvenu-Marie BAKUMANYA | Opposition campaigners called for two days of general strike to shut down the capital in a bid to put pressure on President Joseph Kabila

KINSHASA (AFP) – Opposition campaigners launched a two-day general strike Tuesday to pressure DR Congo President Joseph Kabila to set an election date — a day after 12 people were shot dead in an anti-government rampage in the capital.

The “dead city” action in Kinshasa, organised well before Monday’s killings, was to turn up the heat on Kabila, who is still in power despite his mandate expiring last year.

Business activity was noticeably slower in the morning after the opposition had called on residents to stay home.

Two-thirds of shops and banks were closed, AFP journalists reported, as soldiers and police were out in strength to monitor the situation.

“Everything is closed. The city is paralysed,” a city resident…

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