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Capital of DR Congo paralyzed by a protest over the electoral delay

The capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) remains paralyzed today by the call for an opposition citizen movement so that citizens do not go to their jobs and stay at home to protest the delay in the electoral calendar.

Kinshasa, Nov 15 (EFE) .- The capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) remains paralyzed today by the call for an opposition citizen movement so that citizens will not go to their jobs and stay home to protest the delay of the electoral calendar.

Kinsasha is today a "ghost town" and there is hardly any traffic and shops open, as Efe saw.

The group Lutte pour le changement (Fight for Change) called for a "dead city" day, in which citizens were asked to close their business and do not use their vehicles.

Many schools do not work today and some parents who went out with their children to take them to school were forced to return.

"We are fed up of the power of the regime of (Joseph) Kabila, "the group said in a statement, in which they urge the Congolese president to leave office for publishing" an electoral calendar that extends him in the power. "

From the opposition, the main formations called to endorse the call for" dead city ".

The provincial commissioner of the Congolese national police, Sylvano Kasongo, yesterday threatened to suppress any demonstration that is organized during the day today.

That includes any group of more than five people, which would be dispersed by the police, very present today in the streets and squares.

Opponents to Kabila reject the calendar published last week by the Electoral Commission, which delays the December 2018 holding elections that should have taken place at the end of 2016, something that violates the agreement reached by the government and opposition to vote in 2017.

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