Protesters demand UN troops leave DRC amid rising conflict | United Nations News


The UN peacekeeping mission within the DRC, generally known as MONUSCO, has come beneath common criticism for its perceived incapacity to cease preventing within the conflict-torn east.

Demonstrators have set fires and compelled entry into the United Nations mission services within the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s jap metropolis of Goma, demanding that the peacekeeping forces go away the nation amid rising insecurity within the area.

A whole lot of individuals blocked roads and chanted anti-UN slogans on Monday earlier than breaking into the headquarters of the UN peacekeeping mission in Goma, an vital industrial hub of North Kivu province.

The protesters smashed home windows and looted computer systems, furnishings and different valuables from the headquarters, an AFP journalist witnessed, whereas UN cops fired tear fuel in a bid to push them again.

Helicopters airlifted some UN officers from the overrun headquarters.

Protesters additionally stormed a UN logistical base on the outskirts of the town, the place a pupil was shot within the leg.

The UN peacekeeping mission within the DRC, generally known as MONUSCO, has come beneath common native criticism for its perceived incapacity to cease preventing within the conflict-torn east.

Greater than 120 armed teams roam the unstable area, the place civilian massacres are widespread and battle has displaced hundreds of thousands of individuals.

Forward of Monday’s protest, the Goma youth department of the ruling UDPS social gathering launched a press release demanding MONUSCO “withdraw from Congolese soil with out situations as a result of it has already proved its incapacity to supply us with safety”.

Khassim Diagne, the deputy particular consultant of the UN secretary-general to MONUSCO, said after the protest that “the incidents in Goma will not be solely unacceptable however completely counterproductive,” including that the peacekeepers have been within the area to guard civilians.

He additionally informed AFP that the individuals who had entered the bottom have been “looters”. “We condemn them within the strongest phrases,” he stated.

The protest comes after the president of the DRC Senate, Modeste Bahati, informed supporters in Goma on July 15 that MONUSCO ought to “pack its luggage”.

On Monday, protesters interviewed by AFP appeared to agree with the sentiment.

“They stated they don’t have the power to battle the M23, now what are they nonetheless doing right here?” stated Shadrac Kambale, a motorbike-taxi driver, referring to a just lately resurgent militia.

After mendacity largely dormant for years, the group resumed preventing final November.

The rebels have since made important advances in jap Congo, together with capturing the North Kivu city of Bunagana on the Ugandan border.

Sankara Bin, one other protester, informed AFP: “We don’t wish to see MONUSCO strolling within the streets of Goma, we don’t even wish to see their planes flying over.”

The UN first deployed an observer mission to jap Congo in 1999. It grew to become the peacekeeping mission MONUSCO — the United Nations Group Stabilization Mission within the Democratic Republic of the Congo — in 2010, with a mandate to conduct offensive operations.

It has a present power of about 16,300 uniformed personnel and there have been 230 fatalities amongst them, in line with the UN.

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