Hundreds of school children stormed parliament in the Democratic Republic of Congo, demanding higher salaries for their teachers who have been on strike since October 4.
The teachers who have been on strike since the beginning of the school year are demanding a pay rise and a lower retirement age among other issues.
Leaders of religious groups who administer most primary schools have been accused by the government of being behind the strike. They deny this.
The pupils waved branches and chanted “we want to study” and “if we don’t study, we will take drugs”.
A similar protest was also held at the town hall of the eastern town of Beni in North Kivu region, according to the UN-owned Radio Okapi.
Addressing the students, the first vice-president of DR Congo’s national assembly, Jean-Marc Kabunda, urged them to go home saying this was not their fight.
“You do not belong in the street, you belong at school and if you are not at school, you should be at home,” he said.