Angry Protesters have reportedly attacked a treatment center Ebola patients in DR CONGO due to election tension’s building up in the city of beni ,one of three opposition areas where the vote has been postponed.
The electoral commission has cited the current Ebola outbreak as one of the reasons behind the postponement, But opposition parties have accused the authorities of seeking to rig the vote.
What happened at the Ebola centre?
Some people inside the Ebola assessment centre fled after it was attacked, a witness told the BBC.
The police then arrived and fired shots in the air to disperse the crowd, the witness added.
During the attack, some tents were burnt down and tables and chairs were stolen, health ministry spokeswoman Jessica llunga told the BBC.
Of the 21 who fled the centre, 17 had tested negative for Ebola once and were doing a second test while four others were doing a test for the first time, she added.
Eleven of those who fled later returned but were “traumatised” by the attack, authorities said.
“They came back because they understand that fast and adequate care will increase their chance of survival if they prove to be infected by the Ebola virus,” a health ministry statement said.
Beni has been badly hit by the Ebola outbreak in the east of the country, which has killed more than 300 people since August.
In Goma, the main city in eastern DR Congo and also an opposition stronghold, crowds blocked a road in the Majengo neighbourhood and around the university, the BBC’s Gaius Kowene reports from the scene.
Anti-riot police were positioned at some street corners in Majengo, and protesters retreated after tear gas was fired, he adds.
There were also protests in Butembo. No demonstrations have been reported in Yumbi.