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Congo’s 'state of siege' will struggle to deliver

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Significance

The attacks came a month after President Felix Tshisekedi imposed a ‘state of siege’ on the two provinces, placing them under military control to rein in violence.

Impacts

  • Military rule may increase violations of human rights, including freedom of expression; this could trigger protests.
  • The eruption of Mount Nyiragongo near Goma will distract attention from security operations and complicate logistics.
  • Efforts to enlist regional military support could add a powerful new dynamic into operations, but could also aggravate popular tensions.

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