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Update: deportation of Otis Bolamu halted after determined campaign

Update: deportation of Otis Bolamu halted after determined campaign Swansea asylum-seeker fears for his life if the British authorities send him back to the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Thousands of Congolese protesters block central London

Thousands of Congolese protesters block central London Several thousand Congolese protesters thronged through central London on Wednesday afternoon, protesting at fraud in the recent presidential election. They started at the BBC near Oxford Circus, where they complained about a relative news blackout on election violence. They marched across the West End to Whitehall, chanting, "Kabila must go". The demonstrators say the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) sitting president Joseph Kabila fixed the election to ensure he was re-elected and that his main opponent Etienne Tshisekedi was the real victor.

Congolese anger at Kabila’s disputed election victory

Congolese anger at Kabila’s disputed election victory Violence has erupted across the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as it was announced last week that sitting president Joseph Kabila had won presidential elections.

London protest against Congo repression

London protest against Congo repression Hundreds of people protested in Whitehall, central London, last Saturday against repression in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The murder of Patrice Lumumba: Congo’s tragedy

Today the Democratic Republic of Congo is depicted as a place of horror. Recent fighting in the country is presented as a continuation of ancient blood-letting between eastern tribes and ethnic militias.

Detained without charge in Britain: ‘Will I be here another four years? Or ten?’

Detained without charge in Britain: ‘Will I be here another four years? Or ten?’ Hundreds of people are detained without charge in Britain. Some have been held for more than four years. Those incarcerated are not "terror suspects". Most are foreign nationals who committed a crime in Britain—but cannot be deported because they’ve come from a war zone. Ken Olende spoke to Mohammed and Walumba, who are being held in London’s Colnbrook detention centre

The Lacuna - Barbara Kingsolver

22 June 2010
Many of Socialist Worker’s readers will have read and enjoyed Barbara Kingsolver’s novel The Poisonwood Bible about the way individual lives were shaped by colonialism in the Congo.

Soul Power

14 July 2009
In 1974 a roster of the top soul acts in the US travelled to Kinshasa, Zaire, (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) to play a three-day concert timed to coincide with Muhammad Ali’s world championship challenge to George Foreman.

Manchester protest for Congo

11 November 2008
Around 200 people protested in Manchester last Saturday against the killing in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the deportation of Congolese asylum seekers.

Map of Democratic Republic of Congo

04 November 2008

Conflict in Congo

04 November 2008
The number of people killed in the ten years of war which has devastated the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is truly staggering.

In the 7th moon… – Kasai Allstars

09 September 2008
In a striking mix of the traditional and the avant garde, a collective of 25 musicians from the Democratic Republic of Congo blend a hypnotic mix of acoustic instruments, electric guitars, soul vocals and thumb pianos distorted by extreme amplification.

Anger at deportations of refugees to warzones

10 June 2008
Protesters demonstrated in Middlesbrough town centre last weekend against the government policy of deporting people to warzones such as Iraq, Afghanistan and DR Congo.

Refugees demand end to deportations to Congo

07 April 2007
On Wednesday of last week campaigners held lobbies in seven cities around Britain against deportations to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Manchester launch for campaign against deportations to Congo

10 March 2007
Over 200 refugees launched a campaign to stop forced removals back to the Democratic Republic of Congo at a meeting in Manchester last week.

Foreign powers are fuelling war in Congo

08 July 2006
As long as the war in the Congo and the plundering of its natural resourses continue, we cannot talk of democratic elections.

DR Congo: victims of the power

18 March 2006
Unhappy the nation whose death rates are featured only in the Lancet! This British medical journal has become famous recently for suggesting that 100,000 civilians died after the US/British invasion of Iraq, and then that four million people have died in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since 1998.

Leopold and Mobutu — colonialism and the ‘incorruptible Kodak’

27 August 2005
At the beginning of the last century the American writer Mark Twain wrote a satire about Belgium’s King Leopold II, the colonial ruler of the Congo.

Not beaten enough for asylum

03 July 2005
Among the groups of refugees on Saturday’s march was Daniel, a refugee from Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

New Labour’s laws will let Dorcas die in agony

04 September 2004
DORCAS FLED the war-ravaged Democratic Republic of Congo—but she may die at the hands of Labour’s brutual new policy of denying healthcare to asylum seekers.

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