Congo Expels U.N. Spokesman After Protests Against Peacekeepers

Congo Expels U.N. Spokesman After Protests Against Peacekeepers

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Wednesday expelled Mathias Gillmann, spokesman for the United Nations peacekeeping mission. The move followed a week of intense protests against the U.N. that resulted in 36 deaths, including four peacekeepers.

Congolese protesters are furious at the U.N. for the inability of its 20-year-old peacekeeping mission to protect civilians from militant gangs. The protesters charge the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO) with absorbing resources and infringing on DRC sovereignty, with little in the way of tangible security benefits.

The resurrection of a vicious rebel group called M23, purportedly defeated in 2013 but once again visiting horrors upon Congolese civilians, most recently called the effectiveness of MONUSCO into question. 

Thousands of people have been displaced by attacks

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