Activists: Nuns, Priests Arrested In Congo Protest

Published February 17, 2012 10:45AM (EST)

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Rights groups are denouncing the arrests of nuns and priests and Congo's violent suppression of religious protests against fraud-riddled elections.

Congo's Voice of the Voiceless rights group said Friday that three priests and two nuns were jailed.

The U.S. Carter Center also reported Thursday that the government shut down three more radio and television stations including one run by the Catholic Church.

Catholic leaders had called on Christians and others to march Thursday to demand the truth about Nov. 28 presidential and legislative elections.

Soldiers and police fired tear gas into church compounds to prevent people from marching.

The Carter Center called these "dangerous developments" and urged the government to allow people their right to demonstrate.

By Salon Staff

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