Protesters take to the streets in Kinshasa calling for DR Congo's President Joseph Kabila to step down following the end of his mandate. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Security forces fired teargas and arrested youths gathered in the streets of Kinshasa on Tuesday (December 20) to demand that Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila step down after his mandate expired overnight. At least two civilians were killed overnight when soldiers opened fire during clashes in the neighborhood of Kingabwa, two witnesses said. The government spokesman could not be reached for comment and a police spokesman could not confirm the information. Limited protests started on Tuesday after opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi called on the Congolese people to peacefully resist Kabila, who has remained in power beyond his constitutional mandate and with no election to pick a successor. With a ban on demonstrations in force, and a heavy military presence, Kinshasa's normally busy main boulevards were for the most part deserted as pockets of youths gathered in sidestreets only to be dispersed with teargas. Kabila has been in power since his father was assassinated in 2001.