London – Hundreds of demonstrators opposing Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) President Laurent Kabila clashed with British police as they protested outside the residence of Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday.
An estimated 300 protesters chanting slogans and brandishing signs reading “Kabila Out” were pushed back by at least 50 police, some wearing riot gear, an AFP reporter at the scene said.
A woman and another protester, who were apparently injured in the clashes, lay on the ground and were being attended to by police medics.
The protesters, who were mainly from the DRC diaspora living in Britain, were demonstrating ahead of the expected announcement Tuesday of the result of last week’s election in the mineral-rich central African country.
Kabila, in power since 2001, led a divided opposition pack of 10 candidates with 46.4% after ballots from just over two-thirds of polling centres had been tallied, according to latest results issued on Tuesday.
One of the protesters in London, Jason Kabuta, in his 20s, told AFP: “We want Kabila to go. There is genocide in our country.
“The Western countries are supporting him and that is why we are outside Downing Street calling on David Cameron to stop.
“The Western countries are supporting Kabila because they want to steal our resources,” said Kabuta, who has lived in Britain since the age of nine.