Hundreds protest against President Kabila in eastern Congo city Goma
Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 00:45
July 20 - Hundreds of Congolese protesters take to the streets of Goma to demonstrate against President for failing to deal with the M23 rebels. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: Hundreds of people protested for a second day in Democratic Republic of Congo's eastern city of Goma on Friday against President Joseph Kabila, accusing him of incompetence in efforts to neutralize rebels who have long plagued the region.
Heavy fighting erupted between the army and the M23 rebel group on Sunday 12 km (7.5 miles) northeast of Goma, ending several weeks of relative calm and reviving memories of an attack in November when the Tutsi-led insurgents briefly seized the city of 1 million people.
After four days of clashes, the front line was quiet on Thursday (July 18).
Police fired tear gas to disperse the crowd from the center of Goma where protesters blocked roads and displayed a sign saying "Kabila Must Go".
Shops and businesses were shuttered.
Some Goma residents accused members of the U.N. peacekeeping mission (MONUSCO) of blocking the path of the Congolese army as it sought to push northward to overrun M23 positions.
MONUSCO officials were not immediately available for comment.
The peacekeeping mission said earlier this week it was prepared to use lethal force against the rebels if they again approached Goma and threatened civilian lives.
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