Thursday, February 16, 2012

On February 16

On this day in ...
... 1992 (20 years ago today), in the capital of what was then Zaire (credit for flag at left) and now is known as the Democratic Republic of Congo, a "massive demonstration" that the Roman Catholic Church had organized in an effort to reopen a stalled constitutional reform conference turned tragic when security forces opened fire on the thousands who were marching in Kinshasa -- hundreds of persons were killed. President Mobutu, who'd 1st seized power in a 1965 coup, would not stand down until 1997.

(Prior February 16 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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