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QUENCHING THE FIRE HE START: Tshisekedi Calls For New Security Measures In Kinshasa, Motorcycles & Gatherings Banned Amidst Violent Protests

The Democratic Republic of Congo government has announced new enforced security measures in the capital Kinshasa amidst escalating violent protests in the city.

Demonstrations have broken out in Kinshasa since last Saturday as angry protesters targeted diplomatic missions and certain international organizations including the United Kingdom, United States, France, Belgium and the United Nations whom they have accused of supporting the M23 rebels in the ongoing violent clashes with the Congolese Defence Forces (FARDC) in the east.

Angry young protesters set on fire vehicles belonging to the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) and caused several damage to property at different embassies in Kinshasa.

The protesters were believed to have been sent President Fèlix Tshisekedi who accuses the international community of complicity in their reactions to the unfolding situation in the east.

Following meetings with the UN, Tshisekedi has since ordered Prime Minister of Interior, Security & Customary Affairs Peter Kazadi to ensure calm returns to Kinshasa.

At the press conference held on Tuesday, Kazadi announced new security measures that government has resolved to enforce in order to curb the violent scenes in Kinshasa.

Some of the measures include an indefinite ban on motorcycle taxis in selected areas of the city including Gombe commune.

Other measures include a ban on any gathering of more than six people around Gombe where street vendors and street kids locally known as “Shégués” will also no longer be allowed to operate in the commune.

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