Written by Gael Masengi
Yeoville is a vibrant pan-African area, a home of many immigrants from the continent and thousands of Congolese alike. Since the November’s elections, Congolese pro-democracy mostly UDPS (Etienne Tshisekedi’s party) members have been gathering in a community park to discuss and strategize their “next move” of contesting against the supposedly re-election of Joseph Kabila, an election marred by serious irregularities revealed by the Carter Centre, strongly rejected by the opposition and the Congolese Catholic Church. Dispersed many times but always present at their usual place.
The raid isn’t the first but the worst, men and women was forcedly taken out of their homes, shops, hair salons, internet café and bars beaten up and arrested. For three hours the place was transformed to a “No-Go-Zone” for Congolese expats and refugees, apparently the operation was led by a man who’s identified as “Zombie” Fabrice , an imposing man wearing Joseph Kabila branded t-shirt.
A 24 years old male, who asked not to be named, told me: “I was inside Supa Bet [sports betting shop] suddenly Zombie came in accompanied by the police, he was pointing at people if he pointed at you, and they beat you and proceeds to an arrest. Two of my friends were arrested.” He said.
Many people were reportedly injured and three had broken legs.
“Two people was afraid to be beaten up, they jumped off from a 3 meters high balcony, eventually got broken legs.” He added.
A Special task force arrested the suspects after a series of clashes between expatriate supporters of Congolese president Joseph Kabila and opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, police spokesman Dennis Adriao.