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Anti-UN protesters dispersed by warning shots in the DRC

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Police fired tear gas and soldiers fired into the air, to disperse two columns of dozens of anti-MONUSCO in the city of Beni (North Kivu, east) at the call of pro-democracy movements.

The Congolese security forces set up tents and erected security perimeters in front of the installations of the MONUSCO in the city of Beni. The blue helmets have also reinforced the security measures of their installations with armored vehicles and battle tanks, the correspondent of theAFP.

We are facing a force that has all the military, logistical and financial means to put an end to the activities of armed groups. She does not use it therefore, we ask for the departure of these touristssaid Losuire Shabani, of the pro-democracy movement Struggle for Change (Lucha).

We will demonstrate until we actually get this departure now that blue helmets are killing us instead of armed militiamen, he added, as he launched messages to galvanize protesters. The MONUSCO is present in ground floor since 1999 with the mission of neutralizing the hundred local and foreign armed groups active in eastern Congo.

After being dispersed, the demonstrators paralyzed the city of Beni by barriers erected on the main arteries preventing vehicles and motorcycles from circulating while the security forces remained visible in several strategic corners of this agglomeration of 800,000 inhabitants, according to the latest estimates from the town hall.

In the neighboring province of South Kivu, dozens of demonstrators who tried to block the road leading to Uvira, near Sange, were dispersed without breakage by the police, said Marcel Matabishi, the chief of this city.

On Sunday, peacekeepers returning from leave in Uganda opened fire before opening the barrier and crossing the Congolese border at the Kasindi border post in Beni. Two people were killed and 15 injured.

The general secretary of theUNAntonio Guterres said to himself besidesthe MONUSCO handled this shooting serious incident, unspeakable and irresponsiblewhile the Congolese government condemned this incident and called on the population quiet.

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