Two officers arrested in DR Congo for crackdown that killed 43 people

Two high-ranking military officers in the northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo have been arrested for taking part in a crackdown on protests last week that killed 43 people and severely injured 56, authorities say.
Interior Minister Peter Kazadi said police on Monday arrested Commanders Mike Mikombe and Donat Bawili, who respectively headed the Republican Guard unit and the DRC armed forces regiment in Goma, the eastern city where the violence unfolded.
Defence and security forces in the Central African nation used lethal force on Wednesday to repress planned anti-United Nations protests in the city. A government delegation arrived in Goma on Monday to hold hearings and other proceedings “to establish responsibility”, the interior minister said.
The government is under pressure to provide justice for the relatives of those who died.
Many have yet to bury their dead.

Al Jazeera’s Stefanie Dekker reports.

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