18 August 2016
The Police said on Thursday that four people were killed in eastern Congo during a protest against massacres committed by a Ugandan rebel group.
The Convention for the Respect of Human Rights and other civil society organisations said that Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) had killed more than 1,000 civilians over the past two years.
It said that most of the killings were carried out in the town close to Beni, where thousands of people took to the streets on Wednesday, accusing the authorities and UN peacekeepers of not protecting them.
Security forces clashing with protesters shot one of them dead, prompting them to stab and kill a soldier in revenge, Beni Mayor, Nyonyi Masumbuko said.
He said that the protester was killed by accident, but internet campaigners said the killing was deliberate and called for the arrest of the culprit.
“Protesters also set two people on fire, police said. Witnesses said the two had been accused of belonging to the ADF.
“More than 140 protesters were arrested.
“The Islamist ADF was founded in Uganda in 1995 and later moved to Congo,’ ‘Masumbuko said.
Dozens of armed groups seeking control over territory and mineral resources have remained active in eastern Congo since the 1996 to 2003 Congo wars.