In this file photo from July 9, protesters took part in the demonstration in Kinshahsa against the national assembly’s choice of a new electoral commission head [File: Arsene Mpiana/AFP]

Police have used tear gas to disperse thousands of protesters in the Democratic Republic of Congo capital Kinshasa, four days after five people were killed in banned demonstrations against the choice of a new election chief.

Protesters gathered in Boulevard Lumumba, one of the city’s main avenues, marching around a vehicle carrying former rebel leader and opposition chief Jean-Pierre Bemba on Monday.

The police broke up the gathering using tear gas, while men in civilian clothes threw stones at the demonstrators.

Some protesters were badly hurt falling from vehicles escorting Bemba.

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