Congo police fire tear gas as protests against election reform mount

January 19, 2015 10:22 AM

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KINSHASA (Reuters) - Security forces fired tear gas at hundreds of rock-throwing protesters in Democratic Republic of Congo's capital on Monday as opposition parties try to block election reforms that may delay elections due in 2016.

Smoke billowed into the air as tyres burned in the streets of Kinshasa, where police in riot gear and armed presidential guards were deployed. Two military helicopters flew overhead. There were also demonstrations in Goma, the main city in eastern Congo.

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