Fears that DR Congo violence is spreading

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Fires burn in the streets of Kinshasa during demonstrations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on 19 and 20 December 2016. Photo: MONUSCO

At least 40 civilians have been killed by security forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in the past week, the UN said on Friday, a sign of growing instability in the country.

Highlighting the violence that's followed President Joseph Kabila's refusal to leave office when his term ended earlier this week, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, called for restraint from the authorities.

In a statement, Zeid noted how officers policing the demonstrations were using live ammunition, as his office's spokesperson Liz Throssell explained to Daniel Johnson.

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