Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo have used tear gas and fired shots to disperse protesting supporters of President Félix Tshisekedi.

Hundreds of them arrived – many on motorbikes – to demonstrate outside parliament in the capital, Kinshasa, about proposed changes to the justice system.

The BBC’s Mbelechi Msoshi saw them burning tyres and chanting as they protested.

Fire outside parliament in DR Congo
Protesting supporters of President Félix Tshisekedi

They say that a bill before parliament is aimed at ensuring that allies of former President Joseph Kabila are protected from prosecution.

This is because they say it will give the justice minister the ultimate say over who is prosecuted.

Analysts say Mr Kabila has retained a significant grip on power since stepping down in January 2019 – and members of his political coalition still dominate parliament and the cabinet.

Protest outside DR Congo's parliament

Mr Kabila stood down after 18 years in office following disputed elections in December 2018.

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