Congolese protesters burn tyres after opposition meeting was blocked by police

22 January 2019

Supporters of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) runner-up presidential candidate, Martin Fayulu burned tyres under heavy police presence in Kinshasa on Monday after failing to hold a political meeting. Fayulu had planned to hold a large meeting of supporters at Movement for the Liberation of Congo's (MLC) party headquarters, but was thwarted by an armed police who blocked the roads to the building.

Congo's political standoff deepened on Sunday after the top court backed the contested presidential election victory of Felix Tshisekedi, then his main rival Fayulu rejected the ruling, called for protests and declared himself leader, supported by MLC, one of the parties within the LAMUKA coalition which backed him during the last presidential election.