Congo says 32 dead in anti-government protests, cracks down

By Saleh Mwanamilong/Associated Press

Congo riot police patrol streets on trucks, after violence erupted due to the delay of the presidential elections in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. More than 44 people have been killed in Congo in two days of street clashes between security forces and protesters, a senior Human Rights Watch researcher said Tuesday, and several opposition party buildings were burned. (AP Photo/John Bompengo)
Congo riot police patrol streets on trucks, after violence erupted due to the delay of the presidential elections in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. More than 44 people have been killed in Congo in two days of street clashes between security forces and protesters, a senior Human Rights Watch researcher said Tuesday, and several opposition party buildings were burned. (AP Photo/John Bompengo)

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo officials on Wednesday vowed to round up those they say are responsible for violence and looting during street clashes this week over a delayed presidential election. Dozens were killed.

Thousands took to the streets of Congo’s capital, Kinshasa, on Monday to oppose an election delay which some call a plot by President Joseph Kabila to stay in power after his mandate expires in late December.

Police spokesman Col. Pierrot Mwanamputu told reporters the official death toll was 32, including four police officers. A Human Rights Watch researcher has said at least 44 people were killed.

“Investigations will spare no one. If police or soldiers violated ethics or the law, measures will be taken,” Mwanamputu said. READ MORE OF THIS STORY

SOURCE: AP

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