On Tuesday, at least five people were murdered and about 50 were injured during a second day of violent anti-UN rallies in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s eastern city of Goma, according to a government spokesperson.
A Reuters reporter witnessed United Nations forces shooting two protestors dead as protesters flung rocks, trashed, and set fire to U.N. offices.
According to another source, some rushed the homes of United Nations workers who were evacuated from the city in a column of trucks accompanied by the army.
Hundreds of protesters assaulted and plundered a MONUSCO warehouse in Goma on Monday, demanding that the mission leave the country, and flared up again on Tuesday. more info
A faction of the ruling party’s youth wing has called for them, accusing MONUSCO of failing to protect civilians from militia attacks.
“At least 5 dead, around 50 wounded (in Goma),” stated government spokesman Patrick Muyaya in a tweet, without naming the perpetrators.
According to a Reuters reporter on the scene, peacekeepers fired tear gas and live bullets into the crowd, killing two people and injuring at least two more.
Protesters were originally calm, but became violent when some picked up tear-gas grenades and flung them at the MONUSCO warehouse.
The army and police officials that arrived on the scene did not open fire.
Local officials have asked for calm, despite the fact that similar protests erupted roughly 200 kilometers (124 miles) north of Goma on Tuesday in the city of Butembo.
Afsa Paluku, a local activist present at the event, told Reuters that security personnel interfered and fired on demonstrators, killing two and injuring numerous more.
A request for comment was not immediately returned by the police.
MONUSCO has not yet responded to the protests on Tuesday, and a spokesman could not be reached.
For years, the mission has been progressively receding.
In east Congo, resurgent skirmishes between local troops and the M23 rebel organization have displaced hundreds. Despite a year-long state of emergency and coordinated operations by the Congolese and Ugandan forces, attacks by terrorists linked to the Islamic State have also continued.
MONUSCO, the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, took over a prior peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2010.
As of November 2021, it had around 12,000 troops and 1,600 police officers deployed in Congo.