A violent crackdown by security forces has killed least six people and injured 49, as protests demanding step down of President Joseph Kabila were held at Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The police opened fired on the protesters who took to the streets, demanding the ouster of Kabila who has been in power for over 17 years.
Such protests are held across the country and are very strong in cities such as Kisangani, Lubumbashi, Goma, Beni and Mbuji Mayi.
The government has blocked internet, email and social media messaging networks to control the protests.
Many fear that the mineral-rich country may go back to the intense conflict period it went through in the 1990s, as there are many armed groups currently that seek to take advantage of the situation.
The main opponent of the president, the Catholic church, also has the support of the Muslim community.