Two DR Congo students shot dead

Friday November 16 2018



DR Congo. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

DR Congo. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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Two students died this week after being shot during protests at a university in Democratic Republic of Congo, and a police officer has been arrested, the city's police chief said Friday.

The students "lost their lives following injuries caused by bullets" Monday in capital Kinshasa, police chief General Sylvano Kasongo said in a statement.

The victims had attended a demonstration against a two-month strike by professors who demand that the head of the university be elected by peers.

The shootings

Police cracked down on a further protest Friday, student witnesses told AFP.

Gen Kasongo urged the students to remain calm and said those responsible for the shootings would "answer for their acts according to the law.

"The police officer who fired Monday at one of the students who died has been detained and will face a military hearing," he said.

Elect the head

Higher Education minister Steve Mbikayi wrote on Twitter: "Live ammunition is outlawed on university sites. I demand an exemplary punishment for the police officers responsible for firing the fatal shots."

He added that talks between professors and the government led to an agreement Thursday concerning their dispute.

Prof Antoine Kitombole told AFP the faculty demanded enforcement of a law that allows them to elect the head of the university, "a measure that minister Mbikayi is blocking".

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