Killings of September 19, 2016: LUCHA and IL EST TEMPS invite the Congolese to a Mass In Memoria

20 September 20172min

In their press releases issued on 17 September, which reached the editorial office of, Citizen movements members of the Civil Society Action Group: Lutte pour le Changement (LUCHA) and Il EST TEMPS invite the Congolese to participate in a mass in memory of the compatriots who died at the so-called “Yellow Card” demonstrations organized by the Rally of Forces Acquired for Change, then led by Dr. Étienne TShisekedi wa Mulumba.

The purpose of the demonstration was to notify the President of the Republic, Joseph Kabila, of the 3-month notice period; i.e. require the convening of the electorate in accordance with Article 73 of the Constitution, which should allow the Congolese people to elect a new President of the Republic to replace Joseph Kabila on December 20, 2016.

During the demonstration, there was a clash between demonstrators and the Police, and among the dead were civilians-non-demonstrators, demonstrators and policemen; but also the burning of several political parties Offices, not to mention the looting.

Thus, this mass will not only have a memorial nature, but also a patriotic nature, i.e. remind the participants of the patriotic meaning of all these deaths.

Saint Boniface Parish, located on the Mokali road, not far from Pascal, in the Kimbaseke Municipality, District of Tshangu, was chosen by LUCHA and IL EST TEMPS to pay homage to these valiant patriots who fell at the front for having demanded elections.

These two citizen movements will take advantage of this opportunity to ask the Congolese people not to give up and to demand the convening of the electoral body by the CENI this 30 September 2017 so to allow the return to the Constitutional order.

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