Several hurt in DRCongo pre-vote violence
Publisher: AFP, Agence France Presse
Story date: 20/11/2011
Language: English

LUBUMBASHI, DR Congo, Nov 18, 2011 (AFP) – Several people were injured when
supporters of the government and the opposition clashed Thursday in Katanga, a
province in the southeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo, witnesses told
AFP days before elections are due.

The clashes in Kamina, 600 kilometres (380 miles) northeast of Lubumbashi,
capital of Katanga, were between backers of President Joseph Kabila and those
of his main rival in the November 28 presidential election, Etienne Tshisekedi.

Ruling Unafec party militants attacked opposition UDPS supporters who had
burnt a portrait of Kabila, who is seeking a second mandate in the vast,
mineral-rich African nation, the witnesses said.

A number of people were hospitalised in Kamina.

Last Friday Tshisekedi's supporters clashed with ruling party faithful in
Katanga where he was on a campaign tour, leaving six wounded.

Violence has broken out in several towns in DR Congo since the start of the
campaign on October 28 for the November 28 one-round presidential and
legislative elections.

The European Union, United States, France and the United Nations, which has
a large peacekeeping contingent in the DR Congo, have urged restraint and
called on all sides to refrain from inflammatory statements ahead of the polls.

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