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DRC, Belgium: Anti-Kabila Demonstration

Congolese demonstrating in Brussels last weekend. Photo by Etienne Ngandu.

In anticipation of the presidential runoff taking place this Sunday, October 29 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, opposing Jean-Pierre Bemba to incumbent Joseph Kabila, a demonstration took place in Brussels, Belgium last weekend in qualified support of Bemba but mostly in opposition to Kabila.

Belgium-based opposition party blog UDPS Liege –whose leader Etienne Tshisekedi refused to participate in this year's presidential election– writes (Fr):

Les congolais de Bruxelles dans une détermination implacable ont encore perturbé la circulation à Bruxelles pour apporter leur soutien aux élections apaisées en RDC.

Malgré leurs positions divergentes,ils se sont mobilisé pour rester en communion avec le Congo profond par les actions de la rue en apportant leur soutien au candidat de l'UN JPB GOMBO aux élections présidentielles qui auront lieu le 29/10/2006 au CONGO.

Hier si les congolais pouvaient voter,c'est le candidat JPB GOMBO qui allait sortir vainqueur parmi tous les congolais habitant le royaume de Belgique. Mais par mauvaise stratégie d'éliminer les sympathisants de l'UDPS à l'étranger voila que JPB GOMBO vient de se priver aussi d'un électorat favorable à la cause nationale face l'imposteur KANAMBE.

The Congolese of Brussels in their unwavering determination blocked traffic again in Brussels to support appeased elections in the DRC [Democratic Republic of Congo].

Despite their diverse positions, they mobilized to remain in communion with the deep Congo by bringing their suppor on the streets to the candidate of [political party] UN, JPB GOMBO [a.k.a. Jean-Pierre Bemba] in the presidential election taking place 10/29/2006 in the Congo.

Yesterday, if the Congolese in Belgium could have voted they would have chosen Bemba. But because of a misguided strategy seeking to eliminate UDPS sympathizers abroad, Bemba just deprived himself of voters who are favorable to the national cause against the imposter Kanambe [a.k.a Joseph Kabila].

Etienne Ngandu at Le Renouveau Congolais adds:

Des centaines de Congolais de Belgique et des environs sont descendus nombreux sur les rues de Bruxelles pour dénonnoncer l'Humiliation de notre peuple par l'imposteur Kabila placé au pouvoir pour affamer et tuer les Congolais il a fait preuve de sa criminalité les 20, 21 et 22 août 06.

Pour les manifestants, c'était l'occasion de donner un consigne clair aux parents et amis restés au pays de ne pas voter pour kabila si non ils vont se mordre les doigts, la misère va s'accentuer, il y aura beaucoup de tueries organisées par le pouvoir de Kabila, ils disent avoir plusieurs preuves que Kabila n'est pas Congolais.

Hundreds of Congolese from Belgium and its surroundings descended in large numbers on the streets of Brussels to denounce the Humiliation of our people by imposter [Joeseph] Kabila who was placed in power to starve and kill the Congolese. He proved his criminal tendencies on August 20, 21 and 22, 2006.

For the demonstrators, it was an opportunity to give clear signs to the relatives and friends in the Congo not to vote for Kabila unless they are ready to suffer and for poverty to worsen. If they do, they can also expect killings organized by the Kabila regime to increase. They say they have much evidence that Kabila is not Congolese.

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