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DRC police fire teargas at marchers

Friday, September 30, 2011 - 01:01

Sept 30 - Police use teargas to disperse a march by supporters of presidential candidate Etienne Tshisekedi demanding more transparency from the country's electoral body ahead of the November presidential election. Rough Cut (No reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL Police and opposition supporters clashed in the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital Kinshasa on Thursday, after authorities tried to disperse a march towards the country's electoral body, the CENI. Supporters of opposition figure Etienne Tshisekedi accused the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) of bias, and wanted to present a formal demand for more transparency in the activities of the commission. Police used tear gas grenades to disperse protesters, before they could reach the CENI with their memo. Leaders of political parties supporting Tshisekedi, organised under an alliance called the "Dynamic for Tshisekedi President," walked at the head of the march. Presidential and parliamentary polls are due to take place in November, and will be the second set of elections since the last war ended in 2003. However, analysts say the votes could be hit by delays and a lack of confidence in the process. There are further accusations of fraudulent electoral lists.

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DRC police fire teargas at marchers

Friday, September 30, 2011 - 01:01