Opposition figures in the DRC risk imprisonment, injury or even death. But still they speak out against President Joseph Kabila

Opposition politicians and activists in the Democratic Republic of Congo have pledged to defy repression and step up their protests as the troubled country edges towards elections that have been promised by the president, Joseph Kabila, later this year.

The DRC has been hit by a series of rebellions and outbreaks of communal violence in recent months, with some observers raising concerns of a slide into anarchy which could destabilise much of the region.

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