Congo Rebels Refuse to Leave Major City
And say they'll fight the military to keep it
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 27, 2012 2:25 PM CST
Congolese M23 rebel fighters stop as they look for FDLR (Force Democratique de Liberation du Rwanda) returning from an incursion into Rwanda Near Kibumba, north of Goma Tuesday Nov. 27, 2012.   (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

(Newser) – The political leader of the M23 rebels says his group will not leave the strategic eastern Congo city of Goma and is ready to fight the Congolese army, defying a deadline imposed by a regional group of nations. Speaking in Goma today, M23 president Jean-Marie Runiga said the rebels won't leave the city of 1 million. The deadline imposed by the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region for the rebels to depart was midnight yesterday.

Runiga told a press conference the M23 is prepared to fight to maintain control of Goma, which the rebels seized a week ago. The M23 was created seven months ago by former rebels who joined and then defected from the Congo army. The group is allegedly supported by Rwanda and Uganda. Fears of an all-out war are growing.

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Murahu
Nov 27, 2012 9:44 PM CST
Goma, in the Congo near Ruanda, was in the area in which the genocidal Hutus retreated after their defeat in Ruanda. International aid organizations brought help, which was quickly controlled by the murderous Hutus. Just as the UN and Clinton did nothing to prevent the Hutu-led genocide in the 1990s. Goma and the surrounding area became a source of instability for the murderous Hutus would raid the newly freed Tutsi led government in Ruanda. One hopes those now in control of Goma (friends of the Tutsi-led Ruandan government) will ignore the international bandits in the UN and guaranty peace with Ruanda. The UN, the NGOs, the religious charity organizations, and the "compassionate" Democrats under Bill Clinton allowed a terrible genocide to occur in Ruanda in the 1990s, and what aid was sent often wound up in the hands of the perpetrators of genocide.
SteveDore
Nov 27, 2012 4:51 PM CST
Things have sure looked up for these folks since colonialism ended.
Rammrodd
Nov 27, 2012 2:27 PM CST
They also refuse to leave Detroit.