Bukavu: anti-Rwanda protests have spread

Bukavu: anti-Rwanda protests have spread

Anti-Rwanda demonstrations spread this Wednesday to the city of Bukavu, capital of the province of South Kivu in eastern Congo. Organizers of the demonstrations are asking Congolese authorities to close borders with Rwanda in particular. INFO SOS Médias Burundi

At least two thousand people demonstrated in the streets of Bukavu on Wednesday. The march started from the place commonly known as “Nyawera”. Participants then went to the office of the provincial governor, after walking through several streets.

“We denounce Rwanda’s attacks against our country and its support for the M23”, launched the demonstrators.

Adrien Zawadi, representative of the civil society in Bukavu asked Congolese authorities to “close the borders with Rwanda because of its aggression against Congo”.

The organizers also advised the Congolese to shun Rwandan products.

“The money received after their sale will support the M23”, think these civil society leaders in South Kivu.

Another demonstration of this kind had taken place the day before in the city of Goma, capital of North Kivu. But military authorities of North Kivu have demanded that the organizers of such events avoid them, fearing enemy infiltration.

The UN has said it is concerned about hate speech targeting people because of their ethnicity and called on Congolese authorities to “combat such speech”.

In Goma, Uganda was indexed at the same level as Rwanda and angry demonstrators burned two Monusco vehicles (United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo) and injured two peacekeepers on Tuesday in the evening.

In his capacity as chairperson of the East African Community, Burundian President Évariste Ndayishimiye organized a telephone interview with his counterparts on Tuesday. At the end of the meeting, an urgent meeting of army chiefs the sub-region was decided, which will be followed by an extraordinary summit of EAC Heads of State.

The venue and date of the two events are not yet specified but President Neva’s office has spoken of a pressing situation.

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