20 DRCongo opposition supporters held over banned protest

Police officers stand watch at a march in Kinshasa on February 16, 2013, to protest against the rule of President Joseph Kabila, in spite of a banPolice in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday briefly arrested 20 opposition supporters staging a banned protest to demand national talks aimed at ending violence in the country’s volatile east. The main opposition parties, the Union for the Congolese Nation (UNC) and the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) had called for a sit-in in front of the headquarters of the UN mission in the country. Charles Mbenga, an adviser to UNC chief Vital Kamerhe, told AFP later that “all our members have been freed”.

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