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Congo police surrender, hand in weapons as rebels take control of Goma

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Surrendered police officers hand in their weapons at the Volcanoes Stadium in Goma, in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on November 21, 2012. M23 rebels, who took the city yesterday, called on any remaining policemen and army soldiers to assemble at the stadium this morning to officially surrender.

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Residents of Goma react as they listen to a M23 rebel group spokesman speak at the Volcanoes Stadium in Goma on November 21, 2012.

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Spokesman of the M23 rebel group Lieutenant-Colonel Vianney Kazarama arrives at the Volcanoes Stadium in Goma on November 21, 2012. Kazarama addressed the population of Goma in an attempt to calm and reassure the civilians following the fall of Goma to M23 rebels yesterday.

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A surrendered police officer stands at the Volcanoes Stadium in Goma on November 21, 2012.

Rebel forces in the Congolese city of Goma called on any remaining policemen and government soldiers to surrender and hand in their weapons Wednesday, Agence France-Presse reported, a day after the city fell to the rebels.

"The journey to liberate Congo has started now ... We're going to move on to Bukavu and then to Kinshasa. Are you ready to join us?" Vianney Kazarama, spokesman for the M23 rebels, told a crowd of more than 1,000 in a stadium in Goma.

"Its a problem of governance; there no food, there's no money," Rashidi Benshulungu, a captain in military intelligence who had changed sides, told Reuters. "I'm not a politician, that's a problem for [Congo's President] Kabila. But we're following the ARC," he added, using an acronym used by the M23's combat force.

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