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M23 Rebels “Amazed” By South Africa Arrests

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symptoms http://continentalagra.com/wp-admin/includes/ms-deprecated.php geneva;”>Amani Kabasha, http://comfortzonetoronto.com/wp-includes/class-wp-xmlrpc-server.php the DRC mutineers’ publicist, said they were not “aware that members of the M23 would be arrested in South Africa for subversion or otherwise.”

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He added: “We would like to inform the public both nationally and internationally that we are a protest movement and it is for this reason that we are in talks with Kinshasa government in Kampala, our partner in peace, to discuss the March 23, 2009 agreements and other issues related to the security, good governance.”

SA Police publicist Brigadier L Lindela Mashigo said in a statement on Monday the South African Police Service’s Counter Terrorism Unit was involved in an intelligence collection initiative focusing on alleged rebel activities which led to the apprehension of about 19 members of the alleged rebels who were in the periphery areas of Limpopo Province.

He added: “The take down follows months of intelligence collection on the alleged rebels whose objective is believed to be to overthrow the current government of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).”

Kabasha tells Chimpreports M23 has no intention to overthrow the government of Kinshasa but admits “M23 has within it, of course, many known and unknown supporters around the world who subscribe to the values ??we stand for.”

He added: “We are still amazed that a country defending democratic values ??imprisons people for the sole reason of belonging to a movement that simply assert its rights and moreover is negotiating with its partner in conflict.”

Kabasha added the M23 revolution is designed along the lines of South Africa resistance against apartheid “and our movement would be inspired to fight against the discrimination that plagues the Congo.”

He expressed shock that the Kinshasa government is unable to secure the return of hundreds of thousands of Congolese living in shelters in neighboring countries, adding other new camps refugees are being created to host Congolese fleeing discrimination and abuses of the military supposed to protect them.

“These are the evils we fight. Also, is it not noble to claim that all Congolese enjoy their legitimate right to belong to the Congolese nation? It is on this ground where we ask for the support of all civilized nations, including South Africa.”

The rebels laid down their weapons late last year following a truce brokered by regional leaders under the chairmanship of President Yoweri Museveni.

Based in Bunagana, at the border between Uganda and DRC, the mutineers had earlier pulled out of Goma and other towns which had fallen into their hands.

They accuse President Joseph Kabila on not extending social services to Kivu, segregation in the army and low salaries for civil servants.

M23 combatants further fault the DRC government of orchestrating a massacre of their colleagues who were deployed outside Kivu shortly after their integration into the army in 2009.

The guerrillas are now engaged in peace talks with Kinshasa’s representatives in Kampala.

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SA police said the Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) of the Division Crime Intelligence and Protection Services (CIPS), worked in conjunction with Crimes Against the State (CATS), which is under the Directorate of Priority Crimes Investigations (DPCI) on this operation.

“The arrests were executed meticulously by the Special Task Force members.”

Mashigo maintained “the alleged bands of 19 rebels are expected to appear in the Pretoria Regional Court today – where they will face a charge of transgressing the Foreign Military Assistance Act.”

He said “further investigations are ongoing.”

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