Riot policemen parade before blocking demonstrators during a protest against President Joseph Kabila organized, by the Catholic church in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo January 21, 2018. REUTERS/Kenny Katombe
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DR Congo's minister for human rights Tuesday called for the prosecution of police who opened fire on anti-government protesters at the weekend, in a crackdown condemned by the EU and U.N.Six people were killed, scores injured and dozens arrested, according to the U.N. peacekeeping mission MONUSCO, when security forces opened fire on Catholic-organized rallies against President Joseph Kabila Sunday. The government has put the death toll at two.The delay, coupled with the mounting violence, has placed Kabila on collision course with the church, which has a prominent role in the Democratic Republic of Congo due to its educational and social care work.Sunday's marches urged Kabila to public declare that he would not stand again in December.
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