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TENSION IN GOMA: Youths Protest, Demand MONUSCO Withdrawal

The city of Goma in North Kivu Province of the DR Congo woke up to a tense atmosphere this Wednesday as angry youths took to the streets to demonstrate and demanded for the immediate departure of the MONUSCO.

Deafening sounds of gunfire could be heard in the streets of Goma at midnight as youths, backed by local armed group called Wazalendo, vehemently demand the French UN peacekeeping mission to vacate the territory immediately.

The protests have come even after the mayor of the city of Goma issued a ban on any demonstrations in the city last week.

The fierce sparks of the unrest were first heard at 3am in Nyiragongo territory with witnesses revealing that young people affiliated with the Wazalendo attempted to break into the MONUSCO base.

The demonstrations gained momentum and could not go unnoticed as authorities deployed troops throughout city to secure the area.

The youths have demanded for the immediate withdrawal of the MONUSCO owing to the recent scuffles with local armed groups that has resulted in a number of victims dead or injured.

The protests have also come after Republican President Fèlix Tshisekedi held talks with UN Special Representative to the DR Congo Bintou Keita, with the MONUSCO withdrawal plan one of the lead agendas of the discussions.

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