The opposition in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) today launched demonstrations in Kinshasa.
Demonstrators carried placards denouncing the court ruling that president Joseph Kabila must continue ruling the country if elections are not held this year.
Meanwhile the National Independent Electoral Commission which organises DRC elections has repeatedly said it does not have sufficient time to organise the elections by year end and indicated that 2017 would be a better time frame.
From the opposition stand point, this is apparently a ploy by Kabila to remain in power.
So far Kabila has not come out and said if he will seek or not seek re-election.
The United States of America (USA) and the European Union (EU) have told Kabila several times that he risks sanctions if he insists on a third term and remains in power. USA has even told Kabila that elections have to be held this year as stipulated by the constitution.
The main opponent to Kabila is Moise Katumbi who is currently under going medical treatment in Johannesburg after suffering injuries from tear gas earlier this month.
What started out today as a peaceful non eventful protest has now ended up in tear gas and military police confronting the demonstrators to stop them.
Five people have been arrested so far and the crowds are being dispersed.
A student was also hit by a truck and is presumed dead.