DRC UN Peackeeper-Protest Clashes Death Toll Reaches 36

The death toll from the deadly protests against UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has risen to 36.

The DRC government reported that 36 people, including four peacekeepers, have been killed while 170 have been wounded as of Wednesday since the anti-UN protests broke out last July 25. 

The United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, also known as MONUSCO has been in the DRC since 2010. 

The protesters in the DRC were reportedly angry about the UN’s failure to placate rebel groups and the use of lethal force against civilians. 

Last Sunday, two UN soldiers allegedly fired at a border post between Uganda and the DRC, killing two people and wounding 15 more.

“People are actually angry at a failed state, a failed government, an incapable army, but Monusco has a very visible presence with its patrols and bases and so becomes a focus of popular frustrations,” said Nelleke van de Walle, project director for the Great Lakes region at the International Crisis Group.

Congolese officials have recently expelled the MONUSCO Spokesperson for making alleged inappropriate remarks in response to the recent protests. 

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