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Three peacekeepers killed in anti-UN protests

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Demonstrators stormed and looted a UN mission in eastern Congo.

Three UN peacekeepers and seven demonstrators were killed, and at least 50 more people injured in the riots in Goma, the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo said on Tuesday. A mob stormed the headquarters and logistics center of the MONUSCO mission in the eastern Congolese city, forcing the evacuation of the UN staff.

A civilian was fatally shot outside the UN logistic base in Goma on Tuesday, AFP reported citing its correspondent on the ground. Congolese government spokesman Patrick Muyaya said that security forces had fired “warning shots” at the crowd in order to stop the attacks on UN troops and staff.

The peacekeepers’ base in Goma was surrounded by hundreds of hostile protesters on Monday, chanting slogans before storming the premises. UN security personnel fired teargas to try and disperse them, while helicopters airlifted the staff from the base. Reporters later saw the crowd smash windows and loot the compound, as well as burn the entrance gate.

According to Al Jazeera, the protest was organized by a faction linked to President Felix Tshisekedi’s ruling UDPS party. The rioters demanded the mission’s departure, accusing the peacekeepers of failing to protect civilians.

The North Kivu province of eastern Congo has seen a resurgence of fighting in recent months, with the government mainly blaming the Rwandan-backed March 23 militia (M23), one of more than 100 armed groups operating in the area.

Troops from India and Bangladesh make up the largest contingents among the MONUSCO peacekeepers. The Indian army said on Tuesday that it took “robust actions” to prevent the looting of their base and hospital by “certain civilian armed groups.”

MONUSCO is the current name of the UN mission, originally established in 1999 to help the African country recover from a war that also involved Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, Angola, Chad, Namibia and Zimbabwe, along with a number of non-state militias.

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  1. Al Jazeera is a state sponsored propaganda media now. They started to create a voice for muslim nations and gained popularity. Slowly the deep state media mercenaries, particularly from UK, have been hired. Al Jazeera looks after Qatari interests and very biased when it comes to unfriendly countries of Qatar such as Saudis. Al Jazeera is the main propaganda machinery for the Ukranian neo-nazi regime because natural gas exports to US is important to them and in the absence of Russian gas, they will make a killing exporting gas to Europe. Satanist Hillary Clinton promoted Al Jazeera too.

    When it comes to UN, many of the top officials, including its Secretary General, lean on the US, deep state agenda. WEF was an arm of UN because they cant do much under UN charter. UN is not what it used to be and we have to be skeptical on the UN actions and propsals.

    • Your credibility goes down the dunny when you make stupid claims of Satanism in people you disagree with. Why not consider stopping these rather asinine claims and stick to facts?

      While you’re at it, grow some testicles (if you are a biological; wearer fo them) and use your name instead of being a despicable coward and hiding behind anonymity ?

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