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DR Congo protests ‘demand Katumbi’s return’

Security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo are battling supporters of opposition presidential candidate Moïse Katumbi in the south-eastern city of Lubumbashi.

The Congolese security forces have deployed considerable means to stop several simultaneous demonstrations by supporters of Moïse Katumbi in several corners of Lubumbashi city.

The opposition coalition Together for Change had called on their supporters to march in the capital of Upper-Katanga Province, Lubumbashi, to demand for his return.

Mr Katumbi fled into exile in 2016 but wanted to return to register as a candidate in the presidential elections due later this year.

Security forces are dispersing demonstrators in central Lubumbashi and no business is reportedly going on. In several neighbourhoods, the people have barricaded the streets and are burning tyres.

Early on Monday morning hundreds of women took to the streets of Lubumbashi carrying banners demanding the return of Mr Katumbi and camped outside the governor’s office.

DR Congo authorities have denied him permission to enter via air or land.

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