In the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo are at least ten people in violent protests against the local OnePeace Mission been killed. More than 20 other people were injured, said the governor of the crisis province of North Kivu, Carly Nzanzu Kasivita, on Monday. The demonstrations had already started a good week ago, initially mostly peacefully. However, they became violent on Sunday and Monday.
According to the authorities, young people built barricades, destroyed houses and shops and set car tires on fire in the cities of Goma, Beni and Butembo. Protesters shouted slogans such as "You have failed miserably", "You do not protect the civilian population" or "You are accomplices of the enemy". Schools and shops were largely closed on Monday while security forces used force against the protesters, Kasivita said.
The young people protest against the steadily increasing violence in the east of the country and against "inaction" by the UNBlue helmets and international aid organizations. In the past few weeks, rebel attacks in the violence-plagued region have risen sharply. According to UN figures, the rebel group ADF (Allied Democratic Forces), which is linked to the "Islamic State" (IS), has killed more than 200 people and displaced 40.000 since the beginning of the year.
Despite its wealth of natural resources, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is one of the poorest countries in the world. This is due to corruption, years of civil war and the rapid increase in population. In 2006 the first free elections took place after more than 40 years.