A wave of anger came over the Congolese as they began to learn and hear about the nature of the mass expulsions from provinces such as Zaire and Cabinda, and for the first time the DRC returned the favor by operating expulsions for Angolan citizens in thier country without proper/ regular documentation.
As the Congolese got word of more and more reports of beatings and humiliating treatment, the Congolese media used these storie to fuel the DRC's resentment against Angolans.
On September 29, 2009, DRC essentially blockaded it's border and cut off trade with Angola as a protest against the expulsions for eight days.
Many Angolans living in the Congo, even if innocent, recieved a lot of violence during this period of time.
On October 5, the DRC government demanded that any Angolan living there without proper documentation had to depart within 72 hours. The next day, Congolese immigration services began expulsions of Angolans.
In October both the DRC and Angola agreed to stop expulsions, but Angola still continued it's expulsion operations, although at first in a lesser degree.