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Downing Street protest over Congo deaths

MARCH: Hundreds took to the streets in London earlier today calling for the UK government to end unrest in the Congo

HUNDREDS OF members from the Congolese community marched to Downing Street this afternoon calling for the UK government to end unrest in their country.

Police were forced to implement road closures as up to 400 protesters staged a peaceful march from Notre Dame church in Leicester Square, following an earlier mass, to the Prime Minister’s home.

The demonstration was staged in protest to last year’s “corrupt” elections, which have led to the re-election of Congo President Joseph Kabila ahead of popular opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi.

The coalition Government has been accused by protesters of backing Kabila and his militia, who have reportedly murdered thousands of opposition voters.

"Eight million people have died," Barthe Ngona, who lead today’s march, told The Voice.

Ngona said that the demonstration was an attempt to get the British government, believed to have interests in the African country’s mining reserves, to protect his community.

"The UK government have more businesses in the the Congo than any other country. They need to do something now," he said.

ANGRY: Barthe Ngona

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