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14 Apr 2020 | 08:12 AM UTC

DRC: Protest reported in Bukavu (South Kivu province) April 14 /update 1

Police disperse a protest march in Bukavu (South Kivu province) April 14; additional protests possible in the near term

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Event

Security forces reportedly dispersed a protest in Bukavu (South Kivu province) on Tuesday, April 14, to denounce the arrest of Vital Kamerhe, Chief of Staff of President Felix Tshisekedi, on Wednesday, April 8. Protesters attempted to erect roadblocks and burn tires on roads before being dispersed by the police. At least ten protesters were subsequently arrested.

A heightened security presence is expected in the area over the coming hours and days. Further protests are likely over the near term. Clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.

Context

Kamerhe was arrested in Kinshasa on April 8 over corruption allegations. Since then, numerous protests have been held in his hometown Bukavu (South Kivu province). As of April 14, Kamerhe remains detained in the central Makala prison in Kinshasa.

Advice

Individuals in the DRC are advised to exercise caution and maintain a low profile at all times, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and obey any instructions issued by the local authorities.