17 killed in Congo protests spurred by election tensions

160108125632-joseph-kabila-kinshasa-exlarge-169(CNN)The government in the Democratic Republic of Congo is urging calm following protests that led to at least 17 deaths.

Congolese took to the streets Monday to protest the national electoral commission’s failure to announce a timetable for the presidential election, due to take place in November, and those protests turned violent. Security forces and protesters battled, resulting in the deaths.

Three police officers were among those killed in the capital, Kinshasa, and elsewhere, according to the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, or MONUSCO.



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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.