Congolese demonstrators burn US, Belgian flags as tensions flare

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Police successful nan Democratic Republic of nan Congo fired tear state connected Monday to disperse protesters who burned tires and U.S. and Belgian flags adjacent Western embassies and U.N. offices successful nan superior Kinshasa, angry astir insecurity successful eastbound Congo.

The protesters, seizing connected a caller maneuver by targeting embassies, opportunity nan West supports neighboring Rwanda, which is accused of backing nan Tutsi-led M23 rebellion whose beforehand is threatening nan strategical metropolis of Goma successful nan east.

Rwanda has denied nan accusations. Congo, Western governments including nan United States and Belgium, and a United Nations master group opportunity nan rebel group benefits from Rwandan support.


Despite information being stepped up aft U.N. unit and vehicles were attacked connected Saturday, groups of protesters gathered astatine nan U.S. and French embassies and nan offices of nan United Nations ngo successful Congo known arsenic MONUSCO.

Some threw stones, attempting to break nan surveillance cameras astatine 1 of nan United States embassy offices, while others chanted "Leave our country, we don't want your hypocrisy".

"The Westerners are down nan looting of our country, Rwanda doesn't activity alone, truthful they must time off our country," said Pepin Mbindu, who joined nan protest.

Onlookers shouted arsenic 1 demonstrator removed nan EU flag from nan entranceway of a ample edifice successful cardinal Kinshasa, according to videos shared connected X. Reuters has not authenticated nan video.

"The world organization remains silent while Congolese are being killed; they finance Rwanda," said Fabrice Malumba, a motorcycle driver participating successful nan objection successful beforehand of nan United States embassy.

Police fired tear state and chased protesters.

Congo's Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Christophe Lutundula met ambassadors and heads of negotiated missions successful Kinshasa connected Sunday. He said information measures would beryllium taken to protect their representations.

"As you tin see, we are ensuring nan information of nan partner embassies of nan Democratic Republic of Congo successful accordance pinch nan Vienna Convention," General Blaise Mbula Kilimba Limba, Kinshasa constabulary chief, told Reuters.

Decades of conflicts successful eastbound Congo betwixt myriad rival equipped groups complete onshore and resources and sadistic attacks connected civilians person killed hundreds of thousands of group and displaced much than 7 million.

Congo is nan world's apical supplier of cobalt and Africa's apical copper producer.