Violent clashes continue in Congo

Violent clashes continue in Congo

Demonstrators and security forces clashed for a second day in Brazzaville, capital of Congo on Wednesday in unrest triggered by the president’s bid to extend his three-decade term in office, an AFP correspondent said.

After a day in which four people were killed and 10 hurt in clashes, dozens of youths took to the streets in western Brazzaville in an apparent bid to throw up barricades as security forces fired rounds of tear gas grenades to hold them back. Opposition supporters also reported clashes in southern parts of the capital, but it was not clear if Wednesday’s fresh violence had caused any casualties.

For the second day running, mobile Internet, text messaging services and French radio RFI’s signal were cut throughout the city. Clashes broke out on Tuesday after the government banned a planned opposition rally against Sunday’s referendum which could allow President Denis Sassou Nguesso to prolong his stay in office. Read more

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