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At Least 7 Killed in Anti-Government Demonstration

July 31, 1995

KINSHASA, Zaire (AP) _ At least seven people were killed and a dozen others injured during an anti-government demonstration in Kinshasa during the weekend, authorities said.

The Zairian Association for Human Rights said 10 people were killed and 30 injured when about 2,000 people marched to the parliament building in the capital of the Central African nation on Saturday.

The demonstration had been peaceful until soldiers began firing into the crowd, they said.

Kinshasa Mayor Bernardin Mungul Diaka said the demonstrators threw rocks at soldiers and provoked the shootings.

The demonstrators were supporters of Antoine Gizenga, leader of the opposition United Lumumbist Party, a government statement said on Sunday.

The group is named for the late Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba, who led a secessionist drive in Eastern Kasai province during the 1960s and was later assassinated.

His wife Gizenga and several supporters were arrested Saturday night, a government spokesman said on condition of anonymity.