In this Thursday, June 30, 2016 file photo, Congolese President Joseph Kabila, center, waves as he and others celebrate the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, independence in Kindu, Congo. (AP Photo/John Bompengo, File)
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The European Union imposed sanctions on seven Congolese officials it says illegally suppressed anti-government protests in September, when dozens of demonstrators were killed, and warned it would target more senior figures if violence persists.At least 50 people were killed by security forces in protests in September against President Joseph Kabila's plan to stay in power after his mandate expires on Dec. 19, the EU said, citing "serious violations of human rights".The tough line from the United States and the European Union is also an attempt to arrest a broader trend among regional leaders clinging to power, after heads of state in Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi extended their mandates.The European Union now wants elections next year.
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