Security forces in the DRC “shot dead dozens of demonstrators and injured dozens of others” on Wednesday in a military operation intended to prevent a demonstration, organized by a sect, against the presence of the UN.
At least 48 civilians and a police officer died Wednesday in Goma in a military operation intended to prevent a demonstration against the UN in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to an internal document of the Congolese Armed Forces (FARDC) consulted this Thursday.
According to this document authenticated by military and intelligence sources, the toll from Wednesday’s operation in this region plagued by violence amounts to “48 dead” and “75 injured” on the demonstrator side, as well as a police officer. kill.
The document specifies that “some bladed weapons (were) seized” and that 168 people were arrested “among whom (among whom) the guru” Efraimu Bisimwa, of the sect “Natural Judaic and Messianic Faith towards the Nations”, organizer of the demonstration prohibited.
In a press release published late in the evening, the Kinshasa government put forward a toll of “43 deaths, 56 injured (and) 158 people apprehended, including the leader of the sect.”
He said he supported “the investigation opened by the military prosecutor’s office (…) so that responsibilities are cleared and the guilty can answer for their actions before the courts.”
In two videos filmed in a district of Goma and widely shared on social networks, we see soldiers wearing the uniform of an elite unit throwing around ten lifeless bodies into the back of a military vehicle. Some bloody corpses are dragged to the ground.
“Other bodies are hidden”
“The number of victims of the carnage carried out by the army against unarmed civilians demanding the departure of MONUSCO (UN mission in the DRC) yesterday (Wednesday) in Goma is around fifty,” declared earlier the Fight for Change (Lucha), a pro-democracy movement born in Goma and very active in the DRC.
“Other bodies are notably hidden at the military hospital at Camp Katindo”, located in the center of the city, added the Lucha movement.
“Congolese security forces shot and killed dozens of demonstrators and injured dozens of others,” they also “arrested several dozen people,” the NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in the evening. .
HRW also believes that “senior military officials who ordered the use of unlawful lethal force should be suspended, investigated and held accountable for their actions in public and fair trials.”
Source: BFM TV