In the DRC, Human Rights Watch has released a report on the demonstrations of the Bundu Dia Kongo political-military sect and Monday’s attacks in Kinshasa and the province of Kongo-Central. Despite an assessment by HRW that at least 27 people died after the investigation, the organization points out that the members of the sect, a number of whom were armed and anti-Kabila and anti-Rwandan slogans, Framed by the police, while civil society demonstrations were severely repressed.
Ida Sawyer, HRW’s Central Africa Director talks about a confusing situation. It, therefore, calls for an independent investigation to shed light on the violence.
The unexpected willingness of the Congolese authorities not to prevent Monday’s demonstrations has led to allegations that the government has sought to create a situation that would lead to even greater restrictions on demonstrations and political space. And perhaps further delays in the organization of elections. We interviewed an individual and security forces who told us that Monday’s demonstrations and attacks were nothing but theater. The goal, he said, was to create chaos everywhere.