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  • Updated: September 06, 2022

One Killed, Dozens Injured In DR Congo Anti-UN Protest

In the latest violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a man was killed on Tuesday during a protest against United Nations peacekeepers.

The U.N. troops had been passing through the town of Beni in North Kivu province when protesters on motorbikes blocked their way and started throwing stones.

The troops fired shots to disperse the crowd, according to police spokesperson Nasson Murara.

The Police added; "Unfortunately, in this mess of bullets, there was a stray that hit a driver, who is dead.

"Police have launched an investigation to identify the perpetrators of these shots.”

The unrest follows deadly protests in July against the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the DRC, known as MONUSCO – the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

According to a Congolese toll, 32 demonstrators and four U.N. troops died over the course of a weeklong disturbance and U.N. bases were ransacked.

Many Congolese are frustrated by MONUSCO's perceived ineffectiveness in the face of persistent violence.

The U.N. first deployed an observer mission to eastern Congo in 1999.

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