Government to deport activists from Senegal and Burkina Faso

The 4 pro-democracy activists were arrested on Sunday while about 20 other activists arrested on the same day are still being detained.

The Democratic Republic of Congo has said it will deport activists from Senegal and Burkina Faso, BBC reports.

Those facing expulsion are members of well-known civil society groups which took part in popular uprisings in their countries but the Congolese government says they were suspected of posing a threat to state security.

The detained activists have been accused of plotting an insurgency with US backing, an allegation Washington has denied.

The 3 Senegalese activists were part of Y'en a marre (We've had enough), which organised protests to stop then-Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade from extending his 12-year term in 2012 while the Burkinabe was part of Citoyen Balaye (Citizen Broom) which helped mobilise people who overthrew Burkina Faso's long-serving ruler Blaise Compaore last year.

With the presidential elections due in the country next year, concern about stability in resource-rich DR Congo has been mounting.

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