Several dead by bullets, dozens injured during anti-UN demonstrations in DR Congo

At least five people have been killed and around 50 injured during anti-UN protests in Goma, eastern DR Congo, government spokesman Patrick Muyaya said on Tuesday.

On Monday, hundreds of people blocked roads and chanted hostile slogans before storming the headquarters of the UN peacekeeping mission and a logistics base.

Protesters smashed windows and looted valuables, while helicopters ferried UN personnel from the premises and security forces fired tear gas in an attempt to repel them.

Unrest in Goma continued on Tuesday, with the shooting death of a man near the logistics base, an AFP correspondent noted.

In a tweet, government spokesman Muyaya added that security forces had fired “warning shots” at protesters in Goma to stop attacks on UN personnel.

The UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, known as MONUSCO, is one of the largest peacekeeping operations in the world.

But he has regularly come under fire in the country’s troubled east for his perceived failure to stem decades-long bloodshed.

More than 120 armed groups roam this volatile region, where massacres of civilians are frequent and where the conflict has displaced millions of people.

(AFP)

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