London protest against Kabila vote turns violent

December 11, 2011 03:03

LONDON - British police said they arrested 143 people in central London on Saturday after a demonstration against the re-election of President Joseph Kabila in the Democratic Republic of Congo turned violent.

Most of the arrests came in the evening after a group broke away from the main protest in Trafalgar Square and began to damage property including cars and shops, London's Metropolitan police said. Members of the public were also threatened.

The anti-Kabila demonstration had started in Whitehall during the morning after agreement with police for a static protest, a police spokesman said.

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