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Congo: access to the mobile Internet and SMS reopened

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018 | bitcoin updates

          
    
    
    (Picture: Fanny Schertzer, Congolese flag on Lake Kivu, CC BY 3.0)
                
            
             To make critical protests against the president more difficult, the Democratic Republic of the Congo had blocked access to the mobile Internet. After three days and 12 fatalities, access was now released.
            

        

        After three days, access to the mobile Internet in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been reopened. The AFP reported Tuesday after Congolese Minister of Telecommunications Emery Okundji Ndjovu on Saturday had asked mobile service providers to disable access to the Internet and SMS services. He responded to the announcement of protests from the opposition and the Catholic Church demanding that President Joseph Kabila keep his promise and give up his post. According to the news agency, the death toll from the violent crackdown on the protests has since risen to 12.
Internet shutdowns are common in the Central African country, which has not experienced a peaceful change of power since its independence in 1960, AFP writes. Kabila's second and final term actually ended in December 2016, but so far he has made no move to resign. Actually, elections should be held in December 2017, but they have now been postponed to December 23, 2018. As a result, protests were organized on which the leadership responded with the Internet ban. The damage not only to the opposition, but also to the country's economy and beyond the period of the blockade, was accounted for by the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) in September.

(Mho)

      

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