The Washington Post

15 killed, 50 injured in anti-u.n. violence


At least 15 people were killed and about 50 wounded on the second day of demonstrat­ions against the United Nations in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s eastern cities of Goma and Butembo on Tuesday, authoritie­s said.

The dead included protesters and U.N. personnel as crowds attacked U.N. sites.

The protests were called by a faction of the ruling party’s youth wing that accuses the U.N. mission, MONUSCO, of failing to protect civilians against militia violence.

The demonstrat­ions began Monday, with hundreds of people attacking and looting a U.N. warehouse in Goma to demand that the mission leave the country. They flared again Tuesday and spread to Butembo, about 125 miles north of Goma.

“Mobs are throwing stones and petrol bombs, breaking into bases, looting and vandalizin­g, and setting facilities on fire,” deputy U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq said in New York.

One peacekeepe­r and two U.N. police personnel were killed when their base in Butembo was attacked, the U.N. spokesman said. Butembo’s police chief said seven civilians were killed when the peacekeepe­rs retaliated.

Government spokesman Patrick Muyaya had said earlier that at least five people were killed and about 50 wounded in Goma.

A Reuters reporter in Goma said peacekeepe­rs fired tear gas and live bullets at the crowd, killing two and wounding at least two.

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