At least 19 dead in anti-Kabila protests - UN

The UN mission in DRC has confirmed 19 deaths from gunshots during protests in Kinshasa, says the human rights director.

FILE: People gather to protest in the neighbourhood of Yolo in Kinshasa on December 20, 2016. Picture: AFP.

KINSHASA - The UN mission in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has confirmed 19 deaths and 45 injuries from gunshots during protests on Tuesday against President Joseph Kabila for overstaying his mandate, the human rights director said on Wednesday.

“We are very concerned by the excessive use of force by state agents, notably the (police), the Republican Guard, the military police and the National Agency of Intelligence,” Jose Maria Aranaz, head of the UN human rights office in Congo, told reporters in the capital Kinshasa.