Any student will be considered « an enemy of the Republic » if he is still at the University of Kinshasa on Thursday, police on Wednesday warned, who are evacuating the campus after demonstrations against the rise in tuition fees.
According to this ultimatum, any student still present on campus on Thursday “will be considered an infiltrator, an enemy of the Republic among the bandits who killed” at least one policeman and seriously injured others on Tuesday, according to the police statement .
The police « will use all legal means » to execute the order of the government, which on Tuesday demanded the closure of the campus and the evacuation of the university residences « within 48 hours ».
The police are asking students to « voluntarily » evacuate their university residences, « before the launch of the forced eviction operation ».
Students have started to leave their homes, AFP said, Pierre, a science student, who was reached by phone.
Congolese media have relayed the anguish of students from the provinces who have nowhere to sleep in the capital.
Since Monday, Unikin students have protested the tuition fee hike to $ 285 in 2020 from $ 275 last year.
In detail, the students consider the rate of conversion of the Congolese franc (FC) with the dollar down from 920 to 1,700 FC unfavorable.
Those responsible for the death of a policeman on Tuesday « are not students of the Uninkin but infiltrators, » Vital Kamerhe, the chief of staff of the President, told the news site.cd.
President Felix Tshisekedi « will receive the student committee » before the next cabinet meeting on Friday, he added.