>> The streets of Congo's capital on edge. Protestors gathering in defiance of a ban on demonstrations, demanding that President Joseph Kabila steps down by Tuesday, when his term ends. Shops closing early, some streets nearly deserted, as residents are afraid of a return to violence. Elections to replace Kabila have been pushed back until 2018.
The main opposition party calls it a ploy after talks brokered by the Catholic church broke down, and the stakes couldn't be higher. The country hasn't had a single peaceful transition of power since gaining independence from Belgium in 1960. Civil wars in the 90s and early 2000s killed millions, sucked in armies from neighboring states, and saw mass atrocities.
Kabila's governments blocked most social media, raising fears of a new conflict.>>
> The opposition hasn't called for protests saying they want to avoid the potential for violence. And some have accepted the delay on elections, but these men have gathered anyway. Rebel groups have taken advantage of the tension, staging raids and killing the UN peacekeeper elsewhere in the country.
For now, the Congo, holding its breath.