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Deadly DRC protests target UN as Ebola workers pulled out

Protesters targeted UN facilities again in eastern DR Congo on Tuesday with at least two people killed as anger rises over the failure to stop deadly attacks on civilians by rebels.

“We are aware of the demonstrators who are making their way and we are making every effort to continue the dialogue with these demonstrators and their leaders, as well as the national authorities … to ensure calm and return to peace and security,” Aboud told Al Jazeera.

“We have our troops and our police officers who are trained in riot control and who provided protection to our compound while it was being attacked for hours at a time.”

Crowds defied a curfew late on Tuesday and continued to vent their anger at UN forces in a stand-off outside Beni. Running street battles occurred all day as demonstrators marched towards a UN base at the airport.

We are so angry, we don’t want them to stay here,” protester Kambale Cyril said.

Another demonstrator Serge Kakule vowed to continue targeting the UN force.

“We came here today to see if these UN people were still here. If they come back [to the compound], we will burn it again,” he warned.

The UN force, known as MONUSCO, is the biggest peacekeeping unit in the world and has operated in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for the past two decades.

Al Jazeera’s Catherine Soi, reporting from Goma in the DRC, said the demonstrations spread west to the major city in support of those in Beni.

source : aljazeera

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