Keeping the peace

DRC: Protests turn violent as the public turns on UN peacekeeping mission

By Jaysim Hanspal

Posted on July 29, 2022 12:46

 © A MONUSCO base in Goma, DRC catches fire as protests turns violent.
A MONUSCO base in Goma, DRC catches fire as protests turns violent.

Protests turned deadly in the DRC as protesters and police clashed in ongoing anti-UN demonstrations in the country, leaving at least 22 dead. 

On 27 July, UN Secretary General António Guterres condemned what he calls a “fatal attack on peacekeepers”, which UN News has claimed in its headline “left 3 dead”.

In a statement by Farhan Haq, deputy spokesperson for the Secretary-General, he expressed his “deepest condolences to the families of the fallen peacekeepers, as well as to the government and the people of India and of Morocco.”

At the protests, which began on Monday 25 July at two of the mission’s facilities in Goma and Butembo, three members of the Indian police force and one member of the Moroccan military were killed. One Egyptian police officer was injured.

Hidden figures

The statement did not draw particular focus on the deaths of the sixteen civilians who died, as the count continues to grow. DRC senator Patrick Muyaya Katembwe says 67 people were injured in the protests.

Videos circulating online show peacekeepers firing live ammunition at protesters. The UN has denied these reports, with an official saying there has been no initial evidence for the claims.