Anti-Rwandan Protests Held in DRC

Hundreds of people on Monday took to the streets of Kinshasa, the capital, in response to a recent uptick in violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by rebel group M23.

According to a report by Radio France Internationale (RFI), the demonstrators accused Rwanda of supporting the M23 rebels and demanded that the Rwandan ambassador be expelled.

Pasi Nkoy from the Union for Democracy and Social Progress party, UDPS, expressed their support for the Congolese army during the demonstration, adding that their “youths are ready to do military service to defend the country.”

Relations have been strained since Rwandan Hutus suspected of slaying Tutsis during the 1994 Rwanda genocide arrived in large numbers in eastern DRC.

The relations between Rwanda and DRC began to improve after DRC President Felix Tshisekedi entered office in 2019, but the revival of the M23 conflict, aggravated by the incarceration of two Rwandan troops in Congo, has revived hostilities.

After both sides accused the other of backing rebel groups operating along their common border, African Union Chair Macky Sall urged for “calm and dialogue” between the DRC and Rwanda in a tweet on Sunday.


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