NEWS OF THE DAY
From Around the World
Congo violence: At least 36 Burundian refugees have been killed in clashes with Congolese security forces who allegedly fired indiscriminately at protesters, the United Nations envoy to Congo said Saturday. Maman Sidikou said he is “deeply shocked” at the violence. An additional 117 people were wounded and one Congolese officer was killed, he said in a statement. Friday’s clashes erupted in Kamanyola in Congo’s South Kivu province when Burundian refugees and asylum-seekers protested the expulsion of four of their countrymen, Sidikou said. The death of the Congolese army officer led to “the escalation of violence.” The U.N. envoy called for a swift investigation. Roughly 44,000 refugees from Burundi are sheltering in Congo. Many fled political violence at home in 2015, when President Pierre Nkurunziza successfully pursued a disputed third term amid deadly protests.
Gays arrested: Authorities in Tanzania’s semiautonomous region of Zanzibar have detained 20 people accused of engaging in gay and lesbian activities, police said Saturday, the latest incident in a crackdown on homosexuality in the East African country. Twelve women and eight men were arrested following a police raid on a hotel where the suspects were attending a workshop, said regional police chief Hassan Ali. Homosexuality is criminalized in Tanzania, and sex among men is punishable by jail terms ranging from 30 years to life imprisonment.
_3 Turkey crackdown:
Turkey’s official news agency reported Saturday that police have detained 74 people believed to be members of the Islamic State group. The Anadolu news agency said antiterror police conducted simultaneous operations at 15 locations in Istanbul. Islamic State has been blamed for several deadly attacks in Turkey, killing more than 300 people since 2015. Along with combatting militant cells inside its borders, Turkey launched a military operation into northern Syria in August 2016 to clear the border zone of extremists after a suicide bomb ripped through a wedding in the province of Gaziantep.
Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno angrily denounced his predecessor for planting a hidden video camera in his office so that he could spy on him remotely. “Shocked and furious,” Moreno wrote in a Twitter message Friday about the discovery of the device. Later in a televised appearance from Guayaquil, he said the camera had been monitored remotely by former President Rafael Correa on his cell phone. He did not provide any evidence to back the accusation. Correa, who moved to Europe after handing off power to his hand-picked successor in May, mocked the accusation on his Twitter account. “Hidden camera run from my cellphone! If President Moreno proves this, then send me to prison. If not, then he should resign from the Presidency, not for being bad, but for being ridiculous. What a disgrace!” Correa helped elect Moreno, but the former allies have since grown estranged.
Oktoberfest: The beer is flowing at Munich’s fabled Oktoberfest. Mayor Dieter Reiter inserted the tap into the first keg Saturday with two blows of his hammer and the cry of “O’zapft is” — “It’s tapped.” About 6 million visitors are expected to attend the 184th Oktoberfest, which runs through Oct. 3. The price for a mug of beer has gone up to 10.95 euros (about $13) per glass — 25 cents more than last year. Revelers also face increased security because of possible attacks. Huge flower pots block the entrances to the festival’s lawn, more video cameras are installed and a new loudspeaker system has been activated.