DR Congo protesters battle Belgium police

5th December 2011, Comments 0 comments

Scores of angry DR Congo opposition supporters staged running battles with police in central Brussels on Monday, damaging shop windows and cars and leading to several arrests.

Several people were hurt in the clashes that continued well after nightfall, Belga news agency said.

A protest against fraud in the Democratic Republic of Congo's November 28 election degenerated when police stopped supporters of opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi from marching to the offices of the Belgian Socialist party, whose leader was holding talks to form a government.

Some 300 protestors "reacted very aggressively to the failure of the demonstration and turned on the police," the force's Ilse Van de Keere told Belga.

The marchers were protesting "Belgium's blind support of (President Joseph) Kabila's corrupt government."

Three protestors and a policeman were hurt when marchers then tried to force their way to the US embassy. But the clashes continued, with protestors hurling paving stones and other objects at police, breaking the entrance to a cinema, an AFP correspondent said.

Police reinforcements were called in as a helicopter hovered ahead.

© 2011 AFP

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