Congo's Top Catholic Slams State 'Barbarism' After Deadly Protests

The head of the Roman Catholic Church in Congo on Tuesday condemned a crackdown on protests against President Joseph Kabila as "barbarism," escalating a confrontation between the government and one of the country's most powerful institutions. Security forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo killed at least seven people in the capital, Kinshasa, on Sunday during demonstrations that Catholic activists organized to protest Kabila's refusal to step down from office, according to the United Nations. Police spokesman Pierrot Mwanamputu, however, said Tuesday that five people, including one police officer,...

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Published By: VOA Africa - Tuesday, 2 January

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