The opposition Lamuka coalition had planned to unite to condemn the election commission’s politicization, while adversity continues over the nomination of Ceni’s president. This march was banned by the authorities, and on Wednesday morning the police prevented the gathering.
There were early people this Wednesday, September 15, in Pascal Square, in the Masina district, east of the capital. Just before 8 o’clock in the morning, on his arrival, Martin Fayulu was prevented from joining his supporters. The leader of Lamuka claims to have been subjected to violence, which the police tried to remove him, before he could get into his vehicle again and take Boulevard Lumumba, followed by a group of activists.
At the same time, tear gas was fired at the protesters. The police also attacked journalists present: theft of equipment, relay teams. Violence that was particularly directed at our Kinshasa correspondent, Patient Ligodi, who was to interview Martin Fayulu. He was arrested, beaten, beaten, several police officers sat on him in the back of the car before they took him away.
Police Chief Sylvano Kasongo and Communications Minister Patrick Muyaya informed about the situation and put an end to this situation. Patient Ligodi was released before going to the hospital for tests.
The Minister of Communications then intervened a little later to discuss the situation. He appeared in a video where he recognizes and condemns “police blunders”, promising investigations and sanctions against the culprits.
Of course, RFI condemns these actions, as does the actualité.cd website where Patient Ligodi is one of the founders. Condemnation also from Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the association of online information media in the DRC, the organization Journalists in Danger (JED), the UN mission in the country (Monusco), the UN Joint Office in Kinshasa or the Ambassadors of the European Union and the United States in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Clashes against Lamuka protests resulted in arrests in several cities in the country on Wednesday. According to one of the movement’s spokespersons, about twenty activists were arrested in Kinshasa, Mbandaka, Mbuji-Mayi and Bumba.