Kinshasa, 23 May, 2023 / 9:25 pm (ACI Africa).
The reported use of force on peaceful protesters demanding better living conditions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has caught the attention of Catholic Bishops who have described the May 20 police excesses as “despicable and violent”.
According to Africanews May 23 report, several persons were beaten up, manhandled, robbed, and arrested by the police following a protest by opposition supporters denouncing the high cost of living in the Central African nation.
In a statement issued Monday, May 22, members National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) say they condemn “with the utmost energy all these crimes as well as the violence that followed, wherever it came from.”
They denounce the “despicable and violent repression that the police and their militia accomplices inflicted on the protesters, including the minors found on their way.”
“We greatly need the forces of law and order on the front lines to secure the country and not to harass the population in the cities,” Catholic Bishops in DRC add.