Congo op­po­si­tion leader ar­rested over protests

The Star (Kenya) - - News -

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.

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