DRC can­cels pa­rade

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

KINSHASA: The Demo­cratic Repub­lic of the Congo will not hold its an­nual in­de­pen­dence day mil­i­tary pa­rade to­day be­cause of se­cu­rity con­cerns, an ad­viser to Pres­i­dent Joseph Ka­bila said yes­ter­day.

Congo’s in­de­pen­dence day pa­rades, held each of the past three years, are usu­ally fes­tive events that mark the end of Bel­gian colo­nial rule in 1960 and have been used to show off the cen­tral African coun­try’s lat­est arms ac­qui­si­tions.

But ris­ing mili­tia vi­o­lence, a grow­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis and a spate of prison breaks have un­set­tled Africa’s largest cop­per pro­ducer.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.