[Pragmora in the News] Toronto Star: “Dictator’s shadow looms over Congo: DiManno”

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A vendor walks along an empty main road in central Kinshasa Tuesday after a strike was called by a coalition including dozens of political parties and civil society organisations allied to the two main opposition parties in parliament.

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A vendor walks along an empty main road in central Kinshasa Tuesday after a strike was called by a coalition including dozens of political parties and civil society organisations allied to the two main opposition parties in parliament.
By: Columnist, Published on Tue Feb 16 2016

It was the Day of Dead Cities.

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016: la journee ville morte, a general strike across the Democratic Republic of Congo called by opposition leaders.

Kinshasa, the usually chaotic, traffic-jammed, horn-blasting, music-blaring capital of more than 10 million was still on Tuesday, except for a heavy police presence. The popular Radio France international station was off the air. During political unrest a year ago, broadcasts were cut by the government.

“Kinshasa quiet is extraordinary,” says Glenys Babcock, president of Pragmora, a Toronto-based NGO and think-tank that advocates for peaceful conflict resolution, with a particular focus on Congo. “People did not go to work, did not go their shops.”

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