A few youth of Congolese demonstrated Wednesday (March 1st) against the arrival of French President in the DRC.
Outside the French Embassy in Kinshasa, protesters chanted “ Macron killer” or “ Macron get out”, some waving Russia flags. The group accused Emmanuel Macron of backing Rwanda which they hold responsible for growing insecurity in eastern DRC.
Rwanda, a country which has been attacking us for more than 25 years; leaving over forty million people dead; and France didn’t intervene. And besides Today President Macron would like to come here to sympathize with us? To weep crocodile tears? the coordinator of the Sang-Lumumba citizens’ movement asked.
We refuse the arrival of Emmanuel Macron the French president in our country. Since he’s accompanying Rwanda the country that’s massacring us, the country that’s killing us day and night. It’s he who supports Rwanda we don’t want his arrival here in our Congo,” another demonstrator said.
The French president who objected off a central African tour on Wednesday, is expected in the DRC after this week.
The eastern stretch of the country has been beset by violence for nearly 30 years with many armed groups active.
Among them, M23 fighters whom Kinshasa accuses Kigali of supporting.