DR Congo protesters clash with S.Africa police

5th December 2011, Comments 0 comments

South African police fired rubber bullets Monday to disperse Congolese opposition supporters in Johannesburg and arrested five who tried to storm their embassy in Pretoria, the Sapa agency and an AFP correspondent said.

In Johannesburg, police fired rubber bullets to break up a group of protesting in front of the ruling ANC party headquarters over reports that definitive results of the disputed November 28 vote in the Democratic Republic of Congo could be released in South Africa.

"According to a vendor, shots were fired," the Sapa agency reported.

Some of the protestors also said shots were fired by police but no injuries were immediately reported.

"They carried posters saying President Jacob Zuma should stay out of Congolese affairs," Sapa reported.

In Pretoria, protestors attacked the DR Congo embassy, breaking windows and tearing down a compound gate.

According to an AFP reporter at the scene, five of them were detained. The protestors then gathered outside a police station to protest against the arrests.

Tensions have risen in DR Congo since early results for last week's vote showed incumbent President Joseph Kabila ahead.

His main rival Etienne Tshisekedi has issued thinly-veiled threats of violence should further results fail to reverse the trend.

© 2011 AFP

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