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Rwanda-DR Congo tensions: this video does not show Tutsis being hunted down by Congolese

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Published on: 06/22/2022 – 16:51 Users sent our editorial staff a video claiming to show Tutsis being chased by Congolese with machetes. However, this video has nothing to do with the current crisis between Rwanda and DR Congo: it is a battle between street gangs in the DRC, which dates from last January. Hate speech and misinformation have been on the rise since violence between the Congolese army and the M23 rebel movement, which Rwanda is accused of supporting, escalated. The violence began in late May, after the resurgence of attacks by rebels of the March 23 Movement (M23), a Tutsi-dominated group, in eastern DR Congo, accused by Kinshasa of being piloted by Kigali. Rwanda rejects these allegations and accuses the DR Congo of supporting the FDLR, another rebel group, formed by Hutus after the genocide of Tutsis in 1994. This group did not carry out any major military action in Rwanda since 2001 but is considered a threat by the Rwandan authorities. In this video posted to Twitter on June 17 and viewed more than 13,000 times, a group of armed young men can be seen attacking other men who are on the run. A boy armed with a machete retaliates before also fleeing. The author of the publication comments: “It is the ideology of the FDRL [Forces démocratiques de libération du Rwanda, un mouvement armé hutu en RDC] which was instilled in the Congolese, particularly in the FARDC [armée congolaise]”. It suggests that it is an attack in DR Congo by pro-Hutu. One user writes in a comment: “A Tutsi genocide has been taking place in Congo for a while now under the watch of the international community” .As this video is particularly shocking, we are only posting screenshots of it. Screenshot of tweet from June 17, suggesting that Tutsis are being persecuted in DR Congo. The caption states: “When we ask the community international community to intervene, they think we are joking! However, it is the ideology of the FDRL which has been instilled in the Congolese, particularly in the FARDC! They will end themselves”. © Observers It was also shared on June 20 on Twitter, in a publication reaching more than 15,000 views. The video was also sent to us via the Info or Intox Twitter account and the number WhatsApp des Observateurs.A video of a battle between gangs in KinshasaTo find the origin of this video, it is useful to look at the comments.In a comment, a user claims that it is “kuluna”, gangs ultra-violent young men raging in the streets of the capital of the DR Congo. working for AFP. The caption of the video reads: “Here kuluna (gangs) are in action”.Contacted by our editorial staff, the journalist explains: “This video is taken in Lemba, in Kinshasa. These are gangs, called kuluna, who clash on a daily basis in Kinshasa. It was sent to me by a lady who lives in the neighborhood [de Lemba] where the scene took place. Nothing to do with the hunt for Rwandophones.” The journalist no longer has the precise date of the video, but claims that it was taken on January 13 or 14, 2022. The editorial staff of France 24 Observers did not find report in the local media about this clash between kuluna. On June 15, on the sidelines of a demonstration in the DR Congo to denounce “Rwandan aggression”, businesses run by Rwandans had been looted. gangs of young delinquents and criminals in Kinshasa, designated by this name in the 2000s. Feared by the population, they regularly clash between rival gangs in the capital. The Congolese government has organized operations to track down the kuluna, but the phenomenon remains.

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