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The Congo and Conflict Minerals

On December 9th, Joseph Kabila was re-elected President of the Democratic of the Congo.  Overseen by international observers, this was the first ever election organised from with the DRC… and it was a whitewash.  With serious electoral irregularities being minimised and ignored by the international community, the election was a farce.

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More on the Congo

Tomorrow there will be a further protest   in London over the re-election of Kabila in dubious circumstances.  This follows on from a week of protests including 143 arrests at a similar protest on Saturday.  Protests against the elections results have occurred in a number of major cities and indeed it was chancing on one in Glasgow which piqued my interest in the country.   Since coming across the demo on Saturday, I’ve been reading up on the Congo, its history, the current conflict and our complicity in it…and its horrifying.  With five million deaths and half a million rapes in a country with a similar number of residents to the UK – it is the equivalent of the population of Scotland being decimated and every woman in Glasgow raped.
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On the Congo

Winding my way home yesterday afternoon on the bus, idly watching the world go by out of the window, I chanced on a demo of about 60 people marching over the Squinty Bridge.  I couldn’t hear much of the chanting but eventually a banner came into view – saying “Kabila must go“.  I have to confess that I didn’t have the slightest clue who Kabila was or why people would want him to go, but the internet is a wonderful thing.

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