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Congolese police fire bullets, tear gas to disperse opposition supporters
March 28, 2017 / 3:57 PM / 8 months ago

Congolese police fire bullets, tear gas to disperse opposition supporters

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congolese police fired bullets into the air and launched tear gas canisters to try to disperse hundreds of opposition supporters in Kinshasa on Tuesday, after talks between the opposition and President Joseph Kabila’s government fizzled out.

Supporters of the Congolese main opposition party Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS), chant slogans outside the party headquarters in the Limete municipality of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, March 28, 2017. REUTERS/Kenny Katombe

A Reuters witness saw opposition members gathering at the home of the late Etienne Tshisekedi, former leader of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s main opposition party, during a news conference with his son, Felix, the new UDPS party leader.

(This version of the story has been refiled to make clear events in the Democratic Republic of Congo)

Reporting by Benoit Nyemba; Writing by Tim Cocks; Editing by Louise Ireland

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