Dozens of people broke into the UN headquarters, torched the mayor’s office, and set fire to MONUSCO (UN peacekeeping mission in Congo) offices in Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday.
Eight people were killed on Sunday night in an attack by Islamists in the northeastern city of Beni. At least two more were killed and several wounded after angry residents took to the streets and clashed with security forces.
Protesters also torched the mayor’s office in response to the overnight attack. Flames were shooting from the window and thick black smoke billowed above.
Demonstrators then marched to the offices of the MONUSCO. Several offices at the MONUSCO headquarters were set on fire and looted. Residents are demanding the withdrawal of MONUSCO from Beni. The UN is notorious for the atrocities committed by its so-called peacekeepers, such as in Haiti, where UN peacekeepers ran a child sex ring between 2004 and 2007.
Gunfire could be heard outside the UN offices as police and peacekeepers brutally attempted to repress the protesters who burned UN vehicles.
The attacks on UN facilities began in the morning. Two people were killed in the demonstration around the UN camp, which destroyed half of the wall of the main UN building.
The same protesters then headed to the second military base of the UN located at the airport.
The city has repeatedly come under attack from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an Islamist group that operates in DRC and neighboring Uganda.
Thousands have fled Beni and more than 60 people have been killed in the region since the Congolese army started a campaign against the Islamist group last month.
During previous military operations against the ADF, its fighters retaliated by attacking civilians. The ADF has killed hundreds of civilians since 2014.
The ADF has been operating near the Ugandan border for more than two decades. Several ADF attacks have been claimed by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), but the extent of their relationship remains unclear.
The attack on the MONUSCO headquarters is a clear response to the neo-colonial activities of the UN, which serves the interests of imperialist powers in DR Congo and other regions around the world.