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Congo expels U.N. peacekeeping mission spokesman after protests

Congo expels U.N. peacekeeping mission spokesman after protests

THE Democratic Republic of Congo has asked the spokesman of the U.N. peacekeeping mission, MONUSCO, to leave the country, blaming him for stoking tensions that led to deadly protests last week. Thirty-six people, including four U.N. peacekeepers, were killed last week as hundreds of protesters vandalised and set fire to U.N. buildings in several cities in Congo's east.  Civilians accuse the mission, which has been active for more than a decade, of failing to protect them from militia violence that has long plagued the region. The government said that the spokesman, Mathias Gillmann, had made "indelicate and inappropriate" statements which…
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