Riot police use tear gas on Congo protesters

Reuters , Saturday 26 Nov 2011

Riot police used tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters in the Congolese capital Kinshasa on Saturday as campaigning by rival groups drew to a close two days before presidential and parliamentary elections, a Reuters reporter said.

Overnight there were eyewitness reports of rock-throwing between opposing supporters as well as some gunfire. Citing local health and security officials, a United Nations source said at least one person had died but there was no official confirmation of the death and its circumstances.

President Joseph Kabila and his two main challengers, Etienne Tshisekedi and Vital Kamerhe, were all due to hold campaign rallies within several hundred metres of each other later on Saturday.
The stand-off between riot police and protesters occurred near the central Kinshasa stadium where Kabila was due to appear. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

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