Congo Republic continues protests for second day

Anti-referendum protests continue in Brazzaville, Congo's security force try to break up the protesters on second day

Photo by: AP (Archive )
Photo by: AP (Archive )

Congo police fired tear gas on Tuesday to disperse thousands of demonstrators protesting against a scheduled referendum over constitutional reform. Security forces fired warning shots to try to disperse hundreds of protesters marching in Congo Republic's capital Brazzaville on Wednesday against a referendum over lifting presidential term limits.

Officials have said that four people died and 10 were injured on Tuesday when police opened fire on a crowd of opposition supporters in the Republic of Congo.

Clashes intensified after the government of Congo banned a demonstration against next Sunday’s referendum on President Denis Sassou Nguesso's proposal to extend his three decades in office.

Denis Sassou was first elected in 1979 and served as president until 1992. However, he returned to power in 1997.

Congo's opposition has described Sassou’s actions as a "constitutional coup."

TRTWorld and agencies