KINSHASA, 11 JULY 2018 – Lay Catholic Christians in DR Congo are planning three days of street protests in August 2018 which they say are aimed at forcing President Joseph Kabila to resign.

The plan was unveiled over the weekend by the Lay Coordination Committee (CLC).

The CLC says it is calling for massive mobilization during the first three days of sit-in strikes, ghost town operations, general strikes and acts of civil disobedience, scheduled for next August 12, 13 and 14.

The ghost town operations are intended to bring all major cities of the country to a standstill.

The CLC, which accuses President Kabila of seeking to run for re-election in violation of the Constitution, says the goal is to force President Kabila into resigning.

Kabila has been in power since 2001 despite the expiration of his term in December 2016. The next presidential ballot in DR Congo is planned for 23 December 2018. The last date for accepting candidates for that election is next August 8.

At the end of 2017, at least 15 people were shot dead by security forces during similar nationwide street protests organized by leaders of DR Congo’s powerful Roman Catholic Church.

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