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DRC: 3 Killed in Protests Against Election Chief Nomination

DRC: 3 Killed in Protests Against  Election Chief Nomination

KINSHASA - At least three people have been killed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as protests in several cities against the nomination of an election commission head turned violent.
Police on Thursday used tear gas to disperse thousands of supporters of President Felix Tshisekedi and democracy campaigners as they rallied through the streets of the capital, Kinshasa, as well as Lubumbashi, Goma and several smaller towns.
The United Nations Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) said it was "concerned about the use of lethal force by law enforcement" which led to the death of two protesters - one in Kinshasa and one in Lubumbashi, and the wounding of others.
A police officer also died during the clashes in Kinshasa while public and private property - including political parties' offices - had been attacked and set ablaze, it added.
A UN source was quoted as saying by AFP news agency that the "policeman was lynched after firing on the demonstrators" while several other officers were injured. (Aljazeera)