quarta-feira, 17 de fevereiro de 2016

General strike in Congo to press President away

The protest of the "Dead Cities", as it is known, was promoted by a coalition known as the Opposition, which comprises various political parties and civil organizations, is an ally of the two largest opposition forces in the Congolese Parliament and also of the so-called "group of 7", a set of parties which abandoned in November the presidential majority.

`Dead Cities’ Strike Starts in Congo as Kabila Opponents Protest https://t.co/O7PXhxSYEU #Congo #LaDynamique #MobutuSeseSeko

According to the AFP, many merchants joined the strike and public transport buses circulated almost empty. The accession of many taxi drivers also contributed to hinder access to the work of those who do not join the strike.

Opposition leaders are convinced that Joseph Kabila, President since 2011, is clinging to power and may be preparing an amendment of the Constitution to be able to re-apply to the leadership of the State in elections planned for the end of this year, in December.

The choice of the date of this strike was carried out to coincide with the anniversary of the bloody 24. "March of the Christians". The 1992 protest broke out of two Catholic churches in Kinshasa, the capital of DR Congo, was held after mass on Sunday and had intended to require a democratic regime to the then dictator Mobutu Sese Seko.

In #RDC day '' dead cities '' to demand the holding of elections in 2016 > https://t.co/lhrjsI5CVK #yebela #wumela pic.twitter.com/slLNbns8hH

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