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>> A day after violent anti-government protests killed 17 in Congo, two more die in an arson attack on an opposition party HQ. Witnesses said uniformed men poured fuel inside the Union for Democracy and Social Progress Office in the early hours of the morning. Just one of five opposition parties targeted overnight.
Concern over the violence growing with the US, the African Union, and the UN all calling for calm.>> We have received reports of excessive use of force by some elements of the security forces as well as reports that some demonstrators resorted to violence yesterday. We call on all sides to show restraint and we urge the authorities to ensure that existing national and international standards on the appropriate use of force are fully respected by all security personnel.
>> On Monday, police clashed with protestors in Kinshasa demanding President Joseph Kabila steps down when his final term in December expires. A plan to postpone the election until next year, infuriating opponents who say he's planning to extend his rule. Kabila's supporters deny this. At least 17 dead in the clashes and one opposition leader put the toll at 53.
Congo's never seen a peaceful transition of power. That challenge currently far off for a nation calling itself a democratic republic.