A Congolese man puts on an homemade gas mask during a protest called on by the Catholic Church, to push for the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to step down on February 25, 2018 in Kinshasa. / AFP / John WESSELS
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One person was killed and over 20 were injured Sunday as police fired live bullets and tear gas to disperse banned protests calling on DR Congo President Joseph Kabila to stand down.The church-backed protests in the Democratic Republic of Congo come after months of tension sparked by Kabila's prolonged rule and a long-delayed election in the vast and chronically unstable country.In the capital Kinshasa, one man was killed as police opened fire on demonstrators, according to a senior doctor at the city's St Joseph de Limete hospital.Police however denied anyone had been killed at all on protest day, claiming that there had been "zero casualties".An AFP journalist in the northeastern city of Kisangani said at least two people suffered bullet injuries as police fired on marchers.In DR Congo's second city Lubumbashi, youths set vehicle tyres on fire and were then dispersed by riot police.
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