At least one person was reported killed Thursday as rallies across DR Congo against President Joseph Kabila turned violent, with police firing tear gas in the capital Kinshasa and the eastern city of Goma.
Large numbers of riot police were deployed across the country for the rallies called by three opposition groups in defiance of government bans.
Tensions have been soaring in the country where Kabila, in power since his father’s assassination in 2001, is widely thought to be preparing to remain in office beyond the two terms allowed under the constitution.
Democratic Republic of Congo opposition leader Moise Katumbi has left Johannesburg where he came for medical treatment last week. Katumbi is now in London.
He faces arrest if he returns to Kinshasa on charges, which he strongly denies, of recruiting mercenaries. Katumbi owns the football team Tout Puissant Mazembe.
He is hoping that all powerful label might apply to his aspirations to become president of the Democratic Republic of Congo.