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Cardinal condemns pre-election violence in Congo

Catholic World News - September 08, 2011

Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya of Kinshasa has condemned pre-election violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

On Monday night, September 5, the headquarters of the country’s leading opposition party were torched and ransacked, as was the studio of a broadcast station owned by an opposition leader. The next day, the party’s supporters clashed with police, resulting in one death and several injuries. “There is no doubt that these acts are capable of causing an increase in tension in the country and diverting public attention from the real problems that demand quick solutions,” said Cardinal Monswengwo. He called for peaceful debate on public issues in the run-up to November elections.

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