Congo Frees Musicians Arrested at Pro-democracy Meeting

Kinshasa government has said that Seven Congolese musicians detained during a raid on a pro-democracy meeting were released on Thursday, a day after four foreign activists accused of fomenting unrest were expelled. Democratic Republic of Congo's security forces arrested around 40 people - including musicians, journalists and a U.S. diplomat - last weekend in a swoop on a news conference organized by a local youth group in the capital. The arrests highlighted political tensions in Congo, where President Joseph Kabila is due to stand down at elections next year although critics believe he may look to extend his time in power. Government spokesman Lambert Mende said the musicians, who had been scheduled to perform in an outdoor concert following the event, were released on Thursday morning.