For those of you whom are not already aware, in the “Democratic” Republic of the Congo (DRC) exists a “President,” Joseph Kabila, whom refuses to honor his countries constitution or leave political office. In fact, President Kabila only remains in power to this day after refusing to leave office or hold/host national elections in 2016, once his Presidential term limits were originally set to expire. To this day Kabila insists that it was never his intention to become the Congo’s newest “Dictator,” rather, he simply believed it was too dangerous for his country to leave office, and that the country wasn’t ready to fully embrace “Democracy” at the time. So, to cement his power in office and buy his country some more time, Kabila proceeded to obstruct the organization of elections, closed media outlets and banned protests, forced a series of new laws through the DRC’s high court and as a result, remains in power to this day. With that said however, his rein of tyranny may soon be coming to an end.
November 23rd 2018 officially marked the start of the DRC’s election season, and the country is now set to host Presidential, National Assembly and Provincial Assembly elections for the first time in years on December 21st, 2018. Competitions for these positions has also sent the country into a political/electoral fervor. For example, as was reported by Amnesty International last week, as of November 21st 2018, “Over 40 million people have been registered to vote in the 23 December election in which more than 15,000 candidates who will contest 500 seats in the National Assembly, and more than 19,000 candidates for the country’s 26 provincial assembly seats.”
Despite progress however, President Kabila continues to enforce “a blanket ban on protests” – other than those being organized by individuals working directly on behalf of the President himself, that is. Additionally, “opposition supporters, as well as people calling for improvements to security and services, have faced threats, intimidation, harassment, arrests and violent dispersal often resulting in deaths and injuries.” Over the course of the last 3 years alone, its estimated that over 300 people have been killed in various National protests, and thousands more arrested.
Despite the fact that President Kabila’s time in office is set to expire next month, again, there is still fear that he may once again refuse to step down or leave power if his nominations/political party is not elected in his place – though that remains to be seen. Moreover, Kabila has made it clear that he does not support or stand for the countries upcoming elections or its protests, and maintains that the Democratic process isn’t in the best interest of his country. Consequentially enough, Anonymous and other political activists alike refuse to stand for him, or his Government, and have been organizing a series of cyber attacks/protests of their own.
For example, this past weekend, in support/honor of the start of the DRC’s election season, Anonymous hackers launched a series of online attacks against President Kabila and offices attached to his Government, managing to take down over a dozens sites. Hackers have also expressed that this is only the beginning, they will continue to target Kabila’s Government and the next wave of attacks are said to threaten Congolese banking systems. Meanwhile, protesters on the ground have also managed to shut down various Government agencies/institutions as well, including the US Embassy in Kinshasa. In conjunction with the cyber attacks, Anonymous has left the following message for Joseph Kabila:
“Greetings Congo government, we are Anonymous. We have watched your crimes and oppression against your people. Over 300 people have been killed in protests since 2015 to demand free and fair elections. You have failed as a government. Now you will pay for what you did! Dictators should always expect Anonymous!“
Primary Sites Downed in The Attack (Only a FEW):
#OpCongo Site List:https://hastebin.com/oxavoracel.rb
Learn More – Everything You Need To Know About The Current Situation/State of Affairs Inside The DRC: https://www.amnesty.org/en/search/?country=38588
Massive attacks against congo government today. We attacked the sites to support the people of RDC for their fight for freedom. We are against dictatorship and the oppressive regime. We are not criminals. We are freedom fighters! pic.twitter.com/G34Cdv303n
— Lorian Synaro (@LorianSynaro) November 25, 2018
#RDC: Dans un tchat avec les internautes, @LorianSynaro, se présentant comme membre du réseau de hackers Anonymous promet une cyber attaque contre la commission électorale nationale indépendante, @cenirdc#Elections2018 #MAV #OpCongo
— F I S T O N M A H A M B A (@FMLarousse) November 26, 2018
📡🌐🇨🇩 #Anonyme #OpAfrica #OpCongo #FreeCongo https://t.co/8juSvL6Duo @CNangaa @MinJusticeRDC @Presidence_RDC @PrimatureRDC @AssembleeN @MinaffetRdc @senatrdc @MinJusticeRDC @DiplomatieRdc @EmmanuelShadary @AmbHenriMova @pprdofficiel @FCC_RDC
— 🇨🇩✌🏾« Papa avait dit le peuple d’abord »✌🏾🇨🇩 (@kinshasaweb) November 25, 2018
— Blogueur du 243 🇨🇩 (@RdBlogueur) November 26, 2018