Violent Protests Against UN Leave Several Dead in Democratic Republic of Congo

At least eight protesters and three United Nations security personnel were killed during protests in Butembo, a northeastern city in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), on July 26, according to human rights observers.

According to Kivu Security Tracker, a project of the Congo Research Group & Human Rights Watch, another six protesters were killed in Goma on July 25.

The UN issued a statement condemning the protests and confirming that two UN police officers and one Blue Helmet were killed.

Protests broke out in Goma, DRC, on Monday, July 25, as locals demanded that "the mission leave for failing to protect the population,” according to Reuters. The protests spread to other Congolese cities, including Butembo, on Tuesday, according to news reports.

This footage posted on Twitter shows smoke rising from a cluster of buildings in Butembo. “Part of the base of @MONUSCO on fire,” read a caption accompanying the post.

The United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) has been operating since 2010 and comprised about 18,000 people, including more than 12,000 troops, as of November 2021. Credit: Elie Mbulegheti via Storyful

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