Six dead in banned anti-Kabila protests in Kinshasa: UN
Monday January 22 2018
People look on as protesters burn tyres during a demonstration calling for the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to step down on January 21, 2018 in Kinshasa. PHOTO | JOHN WESSELS | AFP
The church had called for rallies despite a government ban on all demonstrations since September 2016, when anti-Kabila protests turned violent.
The president has been in power since 2001, at the helm of a regime widely criticised for corruption, repression and incompetence.
His constitutional term in office expired in December 2016 but he stayed on, stoking a bloody spiral of violence.
Under an agreement brokered by the Catholic Church, he was allowed to stay in office provided new elections were held in 2017.
The authorities later said organisational problems meant that the vote would be held on December 23, 2018.