Hundreds of people protested in Whitehall, central London, last Saturday against repression in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
They said that incumbent president Joseph Kabila is refusing to recognise the results of recent elections—and his troops are shooting protesters in the street.
Kabila’s rule has been marked by the systematic use of rape to terrorise people in the east of the country.
That’s where there is fierce competition for mineral resources including the coltan used in mobile phones and laptop computers.
One protester said to Socialist Worker, “Kabila lost, but the international community want to keep him there so they can keep exploiting the Congo.
“We’re saying people in the Congo are human beings just like anyone else.”