Tear gas used to disperse DR Congo opposition supporters


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.