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Congo detains US diplomat with pro-democracy activists

Congo detains US diplomat with pro-democracy activists

KINSHASA, Congo — Congo’s government spokesman says an American diplomat was detained along with West African pro-democracy activists and foreign journalists following a news conference in the capital Kinshasa.

Spokesman Lambert Mende did not disclose the name or position of the U.S. diplomat. The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa did not respond to messages seeking comment.

Mende says the foreign journalists were released after being detained Sunday, but could not comment on whether the American and pro-democracy activists from Burkina Faso and Senegal were still being held.

He said they were all suspected of “bringing an attack against state security.”

The news conference was held in support of a Congolese movement, Filimbi, that aims for greater youth participation in politics.

In January, mass protests erupted in Congo against proposed changes to the electoral law.

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