Congo Protests Turn Violent, Police Fire Tear Gas as Lawmakers Select Electoral Commission Chief

Police rush to stop rival political supporters fighting during a protest by followers of opposition leader Martin Fayulu who were demonstrating the independence of the country’s electoral commission, in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, October 16, 2021. REUTERS/Justin Makangara

Police in Democratic Republic of Congo used tear gas to break up clashes between supporters of the president and an opposition leader on Saturday, as lawmakers selected a new head of the electoral commission.

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SOURCE: Reuters – Reporting by Justin Makangara, Benoit Nyemba and Stanis Bujakera; Additional reporting and writing by Hereward Holland; Editing by Bate Felix and Mike Harrison