2 Students Shot Dead in DR Congo University

Two students died this week after being shot during protests at a university in Democratic Republic of Congo, the city’s police chief said on Friday.

The students “lost their lives following injuries caused by bullets” Monday in capital Kinshasa, police chief General Sylvano Kasongo said in a statement, adding that a police officer has been arrested in connection with the shooting.

The victims had attended a demonstration against a two-month strike by professors who demand that the head of the university be elected by peers.

Kasongo urged the students to remain calm and said those responsible for the shootings would “answer for their acts according to the law, even as police cracked down on a further protest Friday, AFP writes.

“The police officer who fired Monday at one of the students who died has been detained and will face a military hearing,” he said.

Higher education minister Steve Mbikayi wrote on Twitter: “Live ammunition is outlawed on university sites. I demand an exemplary punishment for the police officers responsible for firing the fatal shots.”

He added that talks between professors and the government led to an agreement Thursday concerning their dispute.

Professor Antoine Kitombole said the faculty demanded enforcement of a law that allows them to elect the head of the university, “a measure that minister Mbikayi is blocking.”

 

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