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3 opposition parties’ headquarters torched in DRC

It appears no one was killed when the political parties’ headquarters were burned down.

Flares are launched by DRCongo police forces during a demonstration in Goma on 19 September 2016. Picture: AFP.

PRETORIA - As political violence continues in the Democratic Republic of Congo, three opposition parties have had their headquarters torched.

The coalition opposed to President Joseph Kabila say police have used sharp point ammunition and at least 50 people have died.

It appears no one was killed when the political parties' headquarters were burned down.

Activists defied a government ban on protests, marching on the electoral commission to demand that a poll be held before the end of the year when President Kabila's term in office expires.

Authorities say they've struck a deal with some opposition parties to delay local elections until the electoral rolls can be completed.

However, other parties say this is a ruse by Kabila to cling to power.