September 19, 2016 / 8:07 PM / 3 years ago

U.N. chief urges restraint by Congo forces against protesters

Congolese opposition supporters chant slogans during a march to press President Joseph Kabila to step down in the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital Kinshasa, September 19, 2016. REUTERS/Kenny Katombe

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Congolese national security forces to exercise maximum restraint in their response to protests, his spokesman said on Monday, after deadly anti-government demonstrations against President Joseph Kabila.

“(Ban) condemns the violence that has already led to the death of at least 17 people, including three police officers in the capital,” his spokesman said.

Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by James Dalgleish

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