UN peacekeepers from Congo Brazaville help unload a truck of its voting material and ballots at a polling station in Bangui, Central African Republic, Saturday Feb. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
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A one-day general strike in Democratic Republic of Congo shut down most businesses in the capital Tuesday, raising pressure on President Joseph Kabila to quit power when his mandate ends in December.Others, however, said the strike was causing hardship in a city where many make a living as street sellers.Kabila came to power when his father was assassinated in 2001 .Opposition leaders hailed the strike as a successful first step toward forcing Kabila's departure.There was little evidence of a strike in Congo's second city, Lubumbashi, witnesses said, but in the eastern city of Goma, many shops were closed.Authorities arrested six members of the Struggle for Change (Lucha) activist group in the eastern city of Goma overnight and another in Kinshasa, the director of the U.N. Joint Human Rights Office in Kinshasa, Jose Maria Aranaz, told Reuters, saying they who were preparing leaflets announcing the strike.
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