Tear gas used to disperse DR Congo opposition supporters

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Police fired tear gas to disperse supporters of Democratic Republic of Congo’s opposition chief gathering in the capital amid tension over election delays keeping President Joseph Kabila in power, a Reuters witness said.

Felix Tshisekedi, head of an opposition coalition, is due to fly back to the capital Kinshasa after a prolonged absence abroad. Around a dozen supporters gathered at his family residence in the morning, although there was no sign of violence.

Tshisekedi intends to call for a civil disobedience campaign to pressure Kabila, whose mandate expired last year, to step aside.



Congolese authorities banned the coalition’s planned meeting on Sunday, citing a risk of violence in the Central African country of more than 70 million people.