Activists demonstrate in Belgium against DR Congo president

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Hundreds of supporters of the DR Congo's opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi demonstrated in Antwerp on Friday to protest the contentious re-election of Joseph Kabila, whom they accuse of cheating in the polls.

The Democratic Republic of Congo, a former Belgian colony, has seen violent clashes and been plunged into political uncertainty since presidential polls last month.

Tshisekedi, who came in second in the November 28 election, contends he won the poll but was denied victory by massive fraud.

Observers criticised election procedures but ultimately Kabila's victory was upheld.

Tshisekedi on Friday held an "inauguration ceremony" for himself at his Kinshasa home, even though Kabila had already been sworn in as president.

Friday's protest in Belgium, which took place at Antwerp's central train station, passed off peacefully, with Tshisekedi supporters singing and dancing.

© 2011 AFP

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