Congo opposition leader arrested over protests
A Congolese opposition leader was arrested late on Sunday.
Bruno Tshibala, the deputy secretary general and spokesman for the Union for Democracy and Social Progress, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s largest opposition party, was arrested for his role in anti-government demonstrations last month. More than 50 people died. The government yesterday said the arrest has led to threats of more protests if he is not released.
Tshibala was arrested at Kinshasa airport as he prepared to board a flight for Brussels.
Government spokesman Lambert Mende confirmed the arrest, saying Tshibala would be questioned by the attorney general’s office over his role in the protests, including the deaths of a police officer who was burned alive and a young girl.
Congo’s attorney general has said he will punish those behind the demonstrations, which were protests against President Joseph Kabila’s alleged attempts to retain power beyond the end of his final term in December.