Congolese riots in Brussels

Article published on Dec. 8, 2011
Article published on Dec. 8, 2011
By Davide Martinotti and Lisa Kittel Photos: Davide Martinotti Police arrested about 200 people Friday night after violent demonstrations mounted by Congolese expatriates living in Brussels. Already on Monday, the demonstration saw approximately three hundred Congolese protesters vandalized cars, lit camp fires in the middle of the streets and throw Molotov cocktails at the police...

dmartinotti-protests-2.jpg...The immigrants living in the country of their former colonial occupiers were making a stand against widespread poll-rigging reported to have taken place in Congo's recent elections. The opposition in the Democratic Republic of Congo are refusing to recognize “re-elected” President Joseph Kabila. The main challenger in Congo's election had declared himself president on Friday and poured scorn on provisional official results which declared victory for incumbent Kabila.